Lider orders another three S92s

Sikorsky Aircraft announced
at Heli-Expo that Lider Aviacao has signed a contract to buy three Sikorsky
S-92 helicopters. Lider will operate the aircraft predominantly to serve the
growing Petrobras demand for large rotorcraft capable of transporting workers
to offshore oil and gas platforms.

The three new aircraft will join Lider’s existing fleet of four S-92 helicopters
and 42 Sikorsky S-76 helicopters serving the offshore oil and gas market in Brazil.

“We thank Lider for their continued confidence in Sikorsky aircraft to
serve the offshore oil and gas market in Brazil,” said Bob Kokorda,
Sikorsky sales and marketing vice president. “Lider now has one of the
world’s largest helicopter fleets serving this important industry. This
purchase will enable Lider to carry more workers to rigs deployed beyond 200
nautical miles from shore.”

Eduardo Vaz,  Lider Aviacao chief
executive said “The S-92 is seen by the oil and gas industry as the most
suitable aircraft for offshore operations because it has the best performance
rates within the large helicopter category based on its great flight range,
cost efficiency and safety features.”

Sikorsky will begin deliveries of the new Lider S-92 helicopters in 2012.

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: or follow him on twitter @Terry_Spruce

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