A ceremony celebrating the 700th delivery milestone took place this morning at Sikorsky's headquarters in Stratford, Conn.
"You don't get to deliver 700 aircraft from the same line unless you've built great quality, reliability and safety into those aircraft over time and your customers recognize it," said Sikorsky President Jeffrey P. Pino. "
More than 200 operators in 37 countries today are flying S-76 helicopters and have accumulated more than 4.7 million flight hours. The aircraft perform a wide variety of missions including corporate and VIP travel, emergency medical service, search and rescue, offshore oil crew transport, and civil defense. The latest and most advanced model, the S-76DT helicopter, is scheduled to enter production in 2010.
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Conn., is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacturing and service. The company's mission statement reflects its long commitment to safety and innovation: "We pioneer flight solutions that bring people home everywhere . every timeTM." 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.