18-Jan-2022 Source: HeliHub.com
The Bristow group have for many years been synonymous with helicopter operations in Australia since the late 1960s, operating helicopters from Bell 206s right up to Sikorsky S92s. In recent years this fleet has declined after losing contracts, principally to CHC, Babcock and PHI.
After losing their last offshore support contract with BHP, Bristow parked the associated pair of Leonardo AW139s at Redcliffe Airport on the north-east outskirts of the Brisbane conurbation in Queensland in April 2021. Both aircraft have recently been removed from the Australian register, with one appearing on the British register yesterday.
With both aircraft evidently departing for pastures new, this marks the final exit of Bristow from Australia.
A sad end to a 50+ year record.
Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com