20-Jul-2010 Source: Sikorsky
Sikorsky Aerospace Services announced today the signing of an agreement with Deccan Charters Ltd. of Bangalore, India, that appoints their Mumbai facility as an authorized Customer Service Center (CSC) to support the Sikorsky S-76Â® helicopter platform. Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS) is the aftermarket division of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).
“We are very pleased to provide in-country aftermarket support services. Aligned with our international strategic initiatives and overall commitment to our worldwide customers, this agreement serves as an important launch point in India,â€ said David Adler, president of Sikorsky Aerospace Services.
The Mumbai Customer Service Centre will offer Sikorsky S-76 helicopter operators complete aftermarket support including Sikorsky trained local maintenance personnel for on-site comprehensive maintenance management, inspections and spare-parts procurement. This CSC in Mumbai will be a key support facility for the future expansion of Sikorskyâ€™s S-76 commercial aircraft fleet in India.
â€œDeccan is very pleased to be associated with one of the pioneers in helicopter design and manufacture in the world. This relationship to support the industry leading S-76 helicopter family reiterates Deccanâ€™s position as a premier aircraft maintenance services company in India,â€ said Capt. G.R. Gopinath, Chairman of Deccan Charters Ltd.
Sikorsky continues to increase its presence in India. Since 2007, Sikorsky has worked in tandem with Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) of Delhi to explore the creation of aerospace operations in India. Last year, Sikorsky and TASL expanded this association into a joint venture agreement. With manufacturing capabilities in-country, TASL produces aerospace components and S-92Â® helicopter cabins for Sikorsky.
Sikorsky Aerospace Services, a Sikorsky company, provides comprehensive support to rotary and fixed wing operators around the world. It offers its military and commercial customers a full portfolio of support services, including material distribution, maintenance, overhaul & repair, aircraft modifications and life-cycle support.
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 worldwide.
Deccan Charters Limited, formerly known as Deccan Aviation Limited, is one of Indiaâ€™s largest General Aviation Services Company offering an array of services ranging from corporate charters for industry captains, to emergency medical services, offshore charters, heli-tourism and aircraft management, aircraft operations and engineering services. Deccan today operates a fleet of 15 aircraft (12 helicopters and three airplanes) from over 10 operational and engineering bases giving it the largest geographical footprint among aviation companies in the country.
Deccanâ€™s technical and aircraft support services are being utilized by Indiaâ€™s leading companies and aircraft owners. As of this date Deccan maintains over 50 aircraft, from helicopters including all civil Sikorsky S-76C++TM helicopters delivered in India, to turboprop and business jets.