Bristow to bid for copter contract

Bristow have announced they are to bid for the five year interim contract to provide Coastguard search and rescue helicopters.

The company, who previously held the contract and operated the search and rescue capability at Stornoway and elsewhere in the UK, say they will offer a “confident and assured solution”.

Secretary of State for Transport, Philip Hammond, announced in the House of Commons earlier this week that a tender will be issued for the interim period. The contract is expected to run for up to six years until the long-term future provision of such services are fully considered.

Richard Burman, Bristow Helicopters’ Managing Director, said: “Bristow has a long and distinguished record in SAR with the Maritime Coastguard Agency and we would be delighted to service the contract again.”

Bristow originally held the UK SAR service contract for over three decades until 2007; during this period Bristow aircrews amassed over 11,500 SAR missions.

Bristow Helicopters Limited, is part of the global Bristow Group which has almost 60 years’ experience in providing helicopter services. Bristow was the first civil helicopter company to operate for the Maritime Coastguard Agency in the early 1970s and has earned an international reputation for integrity, speed of response and quality of service.