Sikorsky ‘committed to the S-92A and its commercial customers’
The Lockheed Martin company Sikorsky has again pledged its commitment to the manufacture and support of S-92A commercial helicopters.
Leon Silva, vice president of Sikorsky’s Global Commercial and Military Systems told Helicopter Investor: “Sikorsky is committed to the S-92A and our commercial customers. Sikorsky delivered three SAR helicopters to two Korean search and rescue [SAR] operators this year.”
Sikorsky also has three S-92As in production at West Palm Beach, Florida. The spokesman went on to explain the nature of the demand. “We are experiencing an increased demand signal for S-92 in the offshore oil, SAR, head-of-state and utility missions with new and existing customers and are now taking orders for additional S92A+ aircraft.”
Meanwhile, Pat Sheedy, president and CEO, of lessor Milestone Aviation told our HI Finance Forum at the European Rotors event in Madrid that a number of S-92s were approaching the end of their primary mission life in the oil and gas sector.
From 2024/2025, the first S-92s will reach 20 years of age, he said. That’s the limit oil companies regard as the end of helicopters’ primary mission. Milestone estimates 10 to 15 S-92s will hit that 20-year cut off every year from 2025 onwards. Read our full report on the Helicopter Finance Forum here.