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Helijet International Inc., based in Richmond, B.C., has entered into a Letter of Intent for the procurement and supply of up to six newer model Sikorsky S-76C++ helicopters with PHI, Inc., based in Lafayette, La.
The companies have signed definitive agreements for the delivery and acceptance of the first three Sikorsky S-76C++ helicopters which will be prepared at PHI’s Lafayette maintenance facilities for delivery to Helijet during the first and second quarters of 2018.
PHI will tailor the aircraft to Helijet’s specifications, including a complete re-paint to company livery, avionics changes, and selected aircraft operating equipment prior to being added to Helijet’s fleet for scheduled and general charter operating services in Canada. Helijet will redesign and refurbish the 12-passenger cabin interiors of the three aircraft.
Additional aircraft deliveries will be subject to respective company board approvals.
“Helijet has been planning its aircraft fleet expansion and upgrade for the past 24 months, and is now committed to bringing in newer, more advanced technology to the communities it serves,” said Danny Sitnam, Helijet’s CEO. “We are very pleased that we can accomplish this initiative in concert with an aviation world leader such as PHI.”
“It is an absolute pleasure to work with Danny and his team,” said PHI’s chief commercial officer, Dave Stepanek. “Their long history operating the S-76 with an excellent passenger service operation makes participating in this fleet upgrade even more exciting. We know the level of professionalism at Helijet and know they will maintain and operate our S-76C++s to the highest industry standards.”
Helijet and PHI are long-standing and experienced air operators utilizing the Sikorsky family of helicopters and will continue to work collaboratively to better accommodate their respective fleet rationalization in the ever-changing market place.