With its headquarters in Houston, Texas, Bristow Group is the leading provider of helicopter services to the worldwide offshore energy industry based on the number of aircraft operated, and one of two helicopter service providers to the offshore energy industry with global operations. With recent acquisitions of premium regional air carriers, Bristow provides point-to-point scheduled and charter transportation services, combining fixed-wing with rotary-wing services to clients around the world. Bristow has proudly served the offshore oil transport industry in major exploration and production arenas for 60 years and has been responsible for many industry-leading technological innovations.
Bristow currently has major helicopter transportation operations in the North Sea, Nigeria and the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, and in most of the other major offshore oil and gas producing regions of the world, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Russia and Trinidad.
The company’s operations are organized into four regions around the world, including Africa, Americas, Europe Caspian and Asia Pacific.
Bristow’s largest share of revenues relates to oil and gas production, providing stability and growth opportunities. There are approximately 1,700 helicopters servicing the global oil and gas industry, of which Bristow’s fleet is approximately one-third.
Search and Rescue
Bristow’s proud heritage includes providing search and rescue (SAR) services in the UK since 1971. Utilizing specially commissioned helicopters equipped with the latest SAR technology, including night vision, mission management and increased onboard medical capabilities, Bristow provides civilian SAR services in the UK and North Scotland on behalf of Her Majesty’s Coastguard.
In addition, Bristow operates private sector SAR services in Australia, Canada, Norway, Russia and Trinidad.
Bristow Group’s service agreements and equity interests include transportation companies in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Egypt, Norway, Russia (Sakhalin), Turkmenistan and the United Kingdom; specifically
• a 85 percent interest in Airnorth in Australia;
• a 60 percent interest in Eastern Airways in the UK;
• a 41.9 percent interest in Líder Aviação, a provider of helicopter and corporate aviation services in Brazil;
• a 40 percent interest in Cougar Helicopters Inc.Inc., located in St. John’s, Newfoundland, and Labrador and Halifax, Nova Scotia, and
• a 25-percent interest in Petroleum Air Services (PAS), an Egyptian corporation.
Bristow operates the world’s largest commercial helicopter training service provider, Bristow Academy, with locations in Titusville, Florida; New Iberia, Louisiana; Carson City, Nevada, and Gloucester, UK. Bristow Academy has trained thousands of civilian and military helicopter pilots from around the world.
Bristow Academy is the only helicopter flight school approved to provide helicopter flight training to Commercial Pilot level both by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and the European Joint Aviation Authority. For more information on helicopter flight training, visit www.heli.com.
Bristow has a long history in the helicopter services industry, starting with Bristow Helicopters Ltd. in the U.K. and Offshore Logistics, Inc. in the U.S., having been founded in 1955 and 1969, respectively. In 1996 Offshore Logistics purchased a stake in Bristow Helicopters Ltd, and the company was rebranded as Bristow Group Inc. in 2006.
Bristow Helicopters Ltd. (BHI) is an affiliated company of Bristow Group. Bristow Helicopters has served the offshore oil transport industry for 60 years. The company also is the largest provider of helicopter services to the offshore energy industry in Australia and Nigeria, where it has operated for more than 50 years.
Bristow Helicopter’s current fleet replication includes the following: AW 109; AS 350BB; Bell 206B; Bell 407; BK 117; H 135; AW 139; Bell 212; Bell 412; Sikorsky S-76; AS 332; AW 189; MI 8; Sikorsky S-61; AW 109; AS 355; Robinson R 22; and Robinson R44
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