Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today delivered an S-76C++ helicopter to Merck & Co., Inc., marking the 700th delivery of an S-76 helicopter since the program´s inception in 1977. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).
The new aircraft joins Merck´s corporate fleet, which includes three Sikorsky S-76C+™ helicopters. A ceremony celebrating the 700th delivery milestone took place this morning at Sikorsky´s headquarters in Stratford, Conn.
Michael DelMastro, Senior Director, Aviation Services for Merck & Co., attended the ceremony and said, "We´ve had a long and successful history with Sikorsky. In safety and capability, the S-76 is second to none."
"You don´t get to deliver 700 aircraft from the same line unless you´ve built great quality, reliability and safety into those aircraft over time and your customers recognize it," said Sikorsky President Jeffrey P. Pino. "Merck & Co. is one of our premier corporate customers, and we are honored that they are the customer to take delivery of the 700th aircraft."
More than 200 operators in 37 countries today are flying S-76 helicopters and have accumulated more than 4.7 million flight hours. The aircraft perform a wide variety of missions including corporate and VIP travel, emergency medical service, search and rescue, offshore oil crew transport, and civil defense. The latest and most advanced model, the S-76D helicopter, is scheduled to enter production in 2010.
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Conn., 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 time™." 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.