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CHC Helicopter Corp. and Sikorsky Mark 20K Fleet Hours Milestone

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CHC Helicopter Corp. and Sikorsky Mark 20K Fleet Hours Milestone

February 25, 2008

  HOUSTON, Texas - At Heli-Expo today, CHC Helicopter Corp. and Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. marked the milestone of 20,000 fleet hours with the Sikorsky S-92® helicopter. Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX)

CHC previously announced signing a contract for 12 S-92 aircraft. The company and its predecessors have operated Sikorsky equipment for more than 50 years, beginning with the S-55 helicopter. Today, CHC remains a major operator of the S-76® and S-92 helicopters, and has fielded the first fully equipped, dedicated Search and Rescue (SAR) S-92 helicopters.

"This latest acquisition is a clear indication of CHC's confidence in the S-92 helicopter," said Sikorsky President Jeffrey P. Pino. "We look forward to working closely with CHC, as their forthcoming S-92 helicopter deliveries expand globally over the coming years in both offshore and SAR markets."

Sylvan Allard, President, CHC, said the four SAR S-92 helicopters are performing well as they operate in Northern Scotland's harsh environment. "One of these SAR machines recently saved the lives of 14 Spanish fishermen from their foundering vessel off the Scottish coast in challenging weather conditions," Allard said. "In addition, CHC is continuing to expand its offshore S-92 fleet around the world."

Three new S-92 helicopters are now based in Denmark, and CHC recently provided a second S-92 aircraft for operations in Malaysia.

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Conn., USA, 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., USA, provides a broad range of high technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.

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