First European S-76D Customer Signs Position Assignment Agreements

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First European S-76DTM Customer Signs Position Assignment Agreements

May 03, 2006

  Hartford, Connecticut - Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation announced today that it has signed position assignment agreements with Premier Aviation Services Ltd. of Ireland for two S-76DTM helicopters. This represents the first European customer for the S-76D, and both aircraft will be used for VIP and executive transport missions. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).

Premier Aviation plans to operate its aircraft out of Weston Airport outside Dublin. "The success of the S-76® has been built by meeting the needs of our customers. We are thrilled that Premier has chosen the S-76D for their executive transport missions. We are confident the combination of the S-76D's reliability, comfort, speed, range and safety will draw more customers in Europe and elsewhere," said Steve Estill, Sikorsky Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Chief Marketing Officer.

The launch of the S-76D model was first announced in February 2005 as a series of engine, air vehicle, interior and avionics upgrades that ensure that the venerable S-76 product line will remain best-in-class in the corporate VIP, offshore oil, airline, EMS/ search-and-rescue and law enforcement segments.

Product improvements on the S-76D include new composite main rotor blades, new quiet tail rotor, rotorcraft icing protection system (RIPS), an all-new Thales cockpit, and a new Pratt & Whitney Canada PW210 engine.

More than 220 operators in 59 countries are currently flying S-76 helicopters. The S-76 fleet has accumulated more than four million flight hours since the first aircraft was delivered in 1979.

Premier Aviation Services Ltd. is based at Weston Airport west of Dublin and operates and manages aircraft for numerous VIP and executive clients in Ireland.

Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, based in Stratford, Conn., is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacturing 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.

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