HeliExpo News: Rolls-Royce extends exclusive Model 250 agreement with Helijet

Dallas, Texas: Rolls-Royce and Helijet International, North America's largest scheduled helicopter air service, have signed an exclusive agreement on the supply of Model 250 service parts and support.

Under the arrangement, Rolls-Royce will provide a custom package of parts and services designed to lower Helijet's direct operating costs. Helijet, which is based at Vancouver International Airport in British Columbia, Canada, will also benefit from its exclusive use of the Rolls-Royce Model 250 FIRST (Full-service Integrated Rolls-Royce Support Team) network of repair and overhaul providers.

Helijet, which operates a fleet of five Model 250-powered Sikorsky S-76As, in addition to a Bell 206B JetRanger and a Bell 206L1/C30 LongRanger, provides scheduled air services to Vancouver and Victoria, and chartered service to Whistler. Helijet, which is the largest scheduled helicopter airline in North America, transports over 130,000 passengers each year, and also operates a dedicated air medical service.

Scott Crislip, President - Helicopters and Small Gas Turbine Engines for Rolls-Royce, said: "This agreement continues an outstanding partnership between Rolls-Royce and Helijet International, the leading helicopter airline in North America. This excellent helicopter company continues to participate in our growing group of customers who have derived real value from a closer relationship with us as well as our Model 250 FIRST network of authorized service providers."

Morris Forchuk, Helijet International's Director of Maintenance, said, "Our customers have very high serviceability expectations of Helijet International and knowing that we have the full support of Rolls Royce greatly assists us in meeting their expectations."

The Rolls-Royce Model 250 FIRST network offers full-capability repair and overhaul support to the 4,000-plus operators of Model 250 turboshaft and turboprop engines located throughout the world. The FIRST network consists of 20 industry-leading full-service repair and overhaul specialists, plus seven component repair facilities.