Avincis responds to UK search and rescue announcement

Avincis CEO James Drummond has responded to the announcement on Tuesday that Bristow Helicopters was awarded the UK search and rescue contract.

Drummond said: “We are pleased that Secretary of State has noted the very high quality and credibility of our bid, which drew on our global and UK expertise in providing helicopter emergency services. Of course we are disappointed, but Bond has had fantastic success in winning new business this year. I’m very proud of our dedicated staff who continue to provide search & rescue services in the North Sea for our customers and in support of the Maritime Coastguard Agency.”

“We would particularly like to commend the Department for Transport for running a very professional and robust bid process. Search & Rescue is hugely important public service, and the Department ensured that it put integrity and technical excellence at the heart of the process,” Drummond added.

Last year, Avincis companies flew over 108,500 hours, conducted over 50,600 emergency health care missions, rescued more than 8,600 people at sea or on mountains, helped to put out over 7,800 fires and carried more than 175,900 passengers in the oil and gas industries.

Terry Spruce

Terry is Senior News Editor and writes for both Corporate Jet Investor and Helicopter Investor. He is also responsible for our helicopter guides. Terry has been an aviation enthusiast since the early 1970s. He is a lapsed Private Pilot and ex-Piper Cherokee owner. He has flown a number of light aircraft and is comfortable sitting in the co-pilot's seat or the back of any aircraft. Before moving to journalism he was a banker for 20 years. You can contact him at: terry@corporatejetinvestor.com or follow him on twitter @Terry_Spruce

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