Sikorsky operator marks safe flight milestone with S76 helicopters

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company has recognised American Express’ corporate flight department for achieving 8,000 hours of safe flight with its fleet of S-76 helicopters. The event took place during the 2018 National Business Aviation Association Convention & Exhibition.

American Express established its corporate flight department 50 years ago, adding Sikorsky aircraft to its fleet in 1980. Since then, American Express has had a stellar safety record with no accidents or incidents with its Sikorsky helicopters.

“Since 1980, we have flown more than 8,000 hours of executive transportation using a reliable fleet of Sikorsky S-76 helicopters without incident or accident. We’re extremely proud of our safety record, and grateful for Sikorsky’s commitment to the safety and reliability of its products,” said American Express’ Vice President, Aviation, Richard Walsh.

“American Express’ safe flight record is an example to the entire rotorcraft industry,” said Sikorsky’s Regional Executive for North America, Jeanette Eaton. “Sikorsky is extremely proud of our customer’s flight hour achievement and the diligence they exhibit in maintaining and operating their aircraft.”

Based at Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, New York, American Express has operated an S-76A, two S-76B models and one S-76C+ helicopter as part of its fleet.

Since 1977, Sikorsky has delivered more than 875 S-76 helicopters to customers around the world. The S-76 series is well-known for high reliability with more than 130 aircraft performing corporate transportation missions world-wide and aircraft performing Head of State transportation missions for 10 nations.

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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