Bristow Group Announces Major New Search And Rescue Contract Award In The United Kingdom

Bristow has a 36-year history of providing UK Search and Rescue services – Employment opportunities anticipated for the UK workforce in facilities, aircraft manufacture, and operations – Contract expected to generate approximately $2.5 billion in revenue

HOUSTON, March 26, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Bristow Group Inc. the leading provider of helicopter services to the offshore energy industry, announced today that The Department for Transport in the United Kingdom has awarded its UK affiliate Bristow Helicopters Limited (Bristow Helicopters) a new contract to provide civilian Search and Rescue (SAR) services for all of the UK. The SAR services contract has a phased-in transition period beginning in April 2015 and continuing to July 2017 and a contract length of approximately ten years.

Under the terms of this contract, Bristow Helicopters will provide 11 Sikorsky S-92 and 11 AgustaWestland AW189 helicopters that will be located at ten bases across the UK. Each SAR base will operate either two S-92s or two AW189s. In addition to the ten bases with 20 aircraft, there will be two fully SAR-equipped training aircraft that can be deployed to any base as needed.

William E. Chiles, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “We are honored that our affiliate Bristow Helicopters was selected by The Department for Transport to provide this vital service for the people of the United Kingdom. This award will employ 22 of the world’s most technologically advanced and safest helicopters which will dramatically improve the capability to save lives and significantly reduce the UK Government’s costs for the next decade. It is planned that some of the military personnel currently involved in SAR in the UK will join Bristow Helicopters to work under this contract, and we look forward to welcoming them into the Bristow family.”

In early 2012, Bristow Helicopters was awarded a Gap SAR services contract that commences in July 2013, utilizing four, latest technology S-92 helicopters based in Scotland at Stornoway and Sumburgh. The Gap SAR contract is expected to run for about four years until transition occurs for these two bases to the new longer-term contract announced today.

Mike Imlach, Bristow Helicopters Managing Director, said, “Bristow Helicopters has a proven reputation for exceptional UK search and rescue services, having performed such services over 36 years with world-class operations that included unmatched flight safety performance, extensive aircrew training, first class maintenance facilities, supply-chain partners, and project procurement and contract management. Affiliates of Bristow Group Inc. currently operate similar search and rescue services in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Cyprus, Dutch Antilles, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia, and Trinidad.”

Under the terms of this new SAR contract, Bristow Helicopters currently anticipates earning approximately $2.5 billion in revenue. Jonathan Baliff, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, added, “We believe that these contract terms and conditions are transformative from an operational and financial standpoint for our company. The number of helicopters operated, combined with the revenue and earnings generated under this contract, will create both a larger and lower risk company going forward.”

“The total capital requirement for this project is expected to be approximately $1 billion, much of which is dedicated to the acquisition of 22 of the most technologically advanced, SAR-equipped S-92 and AW189 helicopters ever built. We believe that the financing plan based on our company’s capital strength was an important criterion for the selection of Bristow Helicopters to provide this life saving service which requires a high level of safety and on-time reliability, and at higher service levels and lower cost than previously anticipated by the UK government. We are confident that Bristow Helicopters will provide excellent rescue services to the people of the United Kingdom.”


Statements contained in this news release that state Bristow’s or management’s intentions, expectations or predictions of the future – including its ability to complete and fund the above-referenced SAR services, the timing for beginning the SAR services, expected revenue generation and whether the SAR services will be beneficial to Bristow’s operations are forward-looking statements. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in such forward-looking statement as result of unanticipated circumstances including but not limited to termination of the contract by the Department or higher costs. Additional information concerning factors that could cause actual results to differ materially is contained from time to time in Bristow’s SEC filings, including but not limited to Bristow’s annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. Bristow Group Inc. disclaims any intention or obligation to revise any forward-looking statements, including financial estimates, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

ABOUT BRISTOW GROUP INC. Bristow Group Inc. is the leading provider of helicopter services to the worldwide offshore energy industry based on the number of aircraft operated and one of two helicopter service providers to the offshore energy industry with global operations. The Company has major transportation operations in the North Sea, Nigeria and the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, and in most of the other major offshore oil and gas producing regions of the world, including Alaska, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Russia and Trinidad. For more information, visit the Company’s website at

        Contact: Linda McNeill
                 Bristow Group Inc.
                 (713) 267-7622

Bristow Group is has a long history of supporting Helicopter and rotor safety, compliance, safety assurance, quality management, and safety integration.  As an active member of Helicopter Association International (HAI Safety) and promotes Helicopter Safety Management to the industry

Heli-Expo 2013 Safety Challenge provides insight into safety issues

The Heli-Expo 2013 Safety Challenge provided insights into all aspects of Safety Management from Safety Culture and leadership through Flight Operations and Maintenance to safety analysis and preventative actions.

Well received by al attendees, the Safety Challenge attendance reflects the growing interest in all things related to Safety.

As SMS consultants, auditors (IS-BAO) and solution providers, we extend our thanks to HAI for creating the Safety challenge and for its choice of speakers who imparted their knowledge.

As helicopter organizations begin to implement safety management programs, we support the industry with expertise, leading-edge solutions, mobile safety management access, and integration of FOQA and FRMS to support your safety culture. If we can help you, please call us at 415 689 4SMS or visit us at

Proud members of HAI

Proud members of HAI

Trends on Rotorcraft Safety in the current FAA Safety Briefing provides good insight

  • Lee Roskop, an operations research analyst in the FAA Rotorcraft Directorate, has written an excellent article in the current March/April) of the FAA Safety Briefing.

He says “The trend in U.S. rotorcraft accidents in 2012 reinforced the message that the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST), the government, and the rotorcraft industry groups have communicated for years; that is, too many helicopter accidents occur in three industry sectors: personal/private, instructional/ training, and aerial application.”

He also comments that “The data and analysis from 2012 paint a clear picture of the problem.”

The accident trend continues even though IHST, the FAA, other government groups, and the rotorcraft industry have reinforced the message that pilots and operators need to take steps to ensure safer flights.

See the article at What’s Trending in Rotorcraft Safety?

XOJET Creates Alliance with Travel Management Company to Expand Fleet with Light and Mid-Size Jets


SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 11, 2013 —

XOJET, Inc., the leader in private aviation services, today announced an alliance with Travel Management Company (TMC) that will effectively expand XOJET’s fleet to include TMC’s fleet of 24 Hawker 400XP light jets and 30 Hawker 800XP mid-size jets. The agreement allows XOJET to commercially integrate the TMC fleet and provides for operational cooperation between TMC and XOJET. XOJET clients will now have seamless access to the largest floating fleet of light, mid-size and super-mid-size private jets dedicated to on-demand charter.

“We are proud to team with Travel Management Company,” said Brad Stewart, CEO of XOJET. “Scott Wise and his colleagues at TMC have built one of the most-respected operations in the industry. Moreover, TMC and XOJET are the perfect complements. Our fleets, operational capabilities, and business approach align perfectly. This alliance is another key step on our quest to create the highest-quality integrated service platform in the industry.”

“XOJET is one of the premier brands in private aviation and has been a fantastic customer of ours over the years,” said Scott Wise, General Manager of Travel Management Company. “TMC is excited to expand our business opportunities with XOJET. With the largest privately owned fleet of Hawker 400XP and 800XP jets, TMC’s fleet will perfectly complement the XOJET fleet of super-mid-size jets allowing XOJET customers to choose the best aircraft for every flight.”

For XOJET clients, the TMC fleet will essentially become an extension of XOJET’s own fleet, making even more aircraft available for XOJET fixed-price charter flights between 22,000 popular airport pairs as well as for custom charter flights. Fixed-price charter pricing for all three plane types for flights to the most popular private aviation destinations is available on In addition, clients requesting quotes will be presented with pricing for all three plane types so that they have the option to choose which option will best suit their needs.

The extended fleet of light, mid-size, and super-mid-size jets will also be included in the popular XOJET Preferred Access(TM) program. “XOJET Preferred Access is the most flexible program available to sophisticated private fliers,” added XOJET’s Stewart. “Giving Preferred Access fliers access to three fleet types in the same program–with no interchanges fees and the ability to use the plane they need, when they need it–makes XOJET Preferred Access the easiest, most comprehensive program in the industry.”

As part of the agreement, XOJET will sell its fleet of seven Hawker 800XP aircraft to TMC in order to focus on the growth and continued enhancement of its customized fleet of super-mid-size Citation X and Challenger 300 aircraft. The XOJET Hawker 800XP pilots will remain with the company and will transition to its growing fleet of super-mid-size aircraft. XOJET will continue to expand its fleet of Citation X and Challenger 300 aircraft and is set to add an additional four super-mid-size aircraft over the next several months. “We launched our Hawker 800XP program a little more than a year ago and it has exceeded our expectations,” said David Cox, XOJET’s Chief Operating Officer. “I am so proud of our incredible team of people, from finance to operations to pilots, who worked together to make it a success. This success enabled us to craft our alliance with TMC, a company that shares our high standards for performance, reliability and safety.”


XOJET, a TPG portfolio company founded in 2006, has become one of the fastest-growing private aviation companies in history, serving more than 5,000 customers worldwide. Our unique business model combines flexible private jet programs, and fixed-price charter with a singular focus on providing the highest level of customer service at every point of the client’s experience. XOJET’s commitment to safety leadership has earned the highest safety ratings in the industry. XOJET is the only business aviation provider to rank either #1 or #2 in all twelve ARG/US Platinum safety rating categories. XOJET is the first and only private aviation operator to enable its entire fleet of Citation X and Challenger 300 jets with complimentary in-flight Wi-Fi Internet connectivity. XOJET is also an active member of the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) Presidents Council. For more information, please visit .

About TMC

Travel Management Company (TMC) is a privately owned, full-service air charter company that owns and operates a fleet of 55 luxurious aircraft, strategically positioned throughout North America. With an ARG/US Platinum safety rating, TMC operates light and mid-size jets, including the industry’s largest privately owned fleet of Hawker 400XP and Wi-Fi enabled Hawker 800/850XP aircraft. TMC blends newer aircraft and excellent service at a competitive price for both one-way and round trip destinations.

Source: XOJET


Copyright © Sextant Readings Solutions Inc 2012 All rights Reserved