Thursday, December 3, 2009

First S-76(R) Civil Helicopter Airframe Completed in China



JINGDEZHEN, China, Nov. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. and AVIC today celebrated completion of the first S-76C++(TM) civil helicopter airframe produced in China. The airframe is the first to be built under an agreement between Sikorsky and Changhe Aircraft. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

The airframe will be delivered to the Sikorsky Global Helicopters facility in Coatesville, Penn., USA, for customization. Additional airframes are scheduled to be delivered in 2010.

"This delivery meets a key milestone in executing on international collaborations creating the culture and relationships for long term success," said John Bishop, Sikorsky Vice President, Strategic Sourcing. "The region has a strong need for helicopters, and as we establish the S-76 helicopter manufacturing presence here, we are proud to celebrate this first delivery. It is a true sign of the strength of this business relationship and the positive path we are on for the future."

In 2006, Sikorsky reinforced its manufacturing base in China when it signed a Memorandum of Understanding with China Aviation Industry Corp. II (AVIC II, now AVIC), parent company of Changhe. The agreement laid the foundation for a business relationship between the two companies that has led to the production of the S-76 civil helicopter airframes from Changhe’s facility southwest of Shanghai.

Changhe is a supplier for Sikorsky’s three largest commercial helicopter programs. Changhe also manufactures tail pylons for Sikorsky’s S-92® helicopter, and supplies airframe components and assemblies Sikorsky’s Schweizer 300CBi(TM) aircraft, which are used worldwide for pilot training, transportation, aerial photography, airborne patrol and many other purposes.

The S-76® helicopter series by Sikorsky Aircraft has long been the aircraft of choice for Fortune 100 companies and offshore oil support operations. Since its initial certification in 1978, Sikorsky has delivered more than 725 S-76 helicopters and accumulated more than 5.1 million flight hours with 220+ operators in 59 countries.

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Conn., is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacture and service. United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Conn., provides a broad range of high technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.

This press release contains forward-looking statements concerning future business opportunities. Actual results may differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to changes in economic conditions; changes in government procurement priorities and practices or in the number of aircraft to be built; challenges in the design, development, production and support of advanced technologies; as well as other risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to those detailed from time to time in United Technologies Corporation’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings.


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