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Bristow Group selects Arrius 2B2 engine and SBH® support contract for new H135 fleet


Bristow Group selects Arrius 2B2 engine and SBH® support contract for new H135 fleet
Bristow Group selects Arrius 2B2 engine and SBH® support contract for new H135 fleet

Safran Helicopter Engines has signed a contract with Bristow Group Inc. to power its new fleet of H135 helicopters with the Arrius 2B2.  In-service support and MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) for these engines will be provided by SBH® (Support-By-the-Hour) under an hourly support contract. At Heli-Expo 2024, Bristow announced the acquisition of five H135 helicopters (plus ten optional units).

The engines will be supported primarily by Safran Helicopter Engines USA in Grand Prairie, Texas, which supports more than 400 customers in the USA and a total fleet of 3,200 engines.

Cédric Goubet, Safran Helicopter Engines CEO, said: "We are particularly proud that such a renowned operator as Bristow Group has chosen our Arrius to power their fleet of H135 helicopters. Over the years, the Arrius has continued to establish itself as the preferred choice for H135 operators looking for the engine best suited to their demanding missions. In addition, choosing our SBH contract will guarantee them the best choice of in-service support".

”Our decision to select Safran Helicopter Engines’ Arrius 2B2 to power our H135 helicopters is driven by our commitment to operational excellence,” said Stu Stavley, Bristow’s Chief Operating Officer, Offshore Energy Services. “The Arrius 2B2 engine’s support offering aligns perfectly with our mission requirements to meet our customer needs.”

The Arrius 2B2 powers the Airbus H135. With a power output of 633 shp at takeoff and 580 shp at cruise, it is one of the most powerful variants in the Arrius engine family. With over 4,000 Arrius engines delivered to 430 customers in 60 countries, and more than 10 million hours in service, the Arrius family covers a power range from 450 to 750 shp, and is the most popular engine range for single- and twin-engine light helicopters.

SBH® is Safran Helicopter Engines' maintenance-by-the-hour service. It provides visibility on engine operating costs and smooths financial flows, while making scheduled and unscheduled maintenance operations more flexible. SBH® is integrated into a range of high value-added digital services such as Health Monitoring, Expert Link and Online SBH®. Today, 50% of Safran Helicopter Engines' engine flight hours are covered by the SBH® service.

Bristow Group Inc. is the leading global provider of innovative and sustainable vertical flight solutions. Bristow primarily provides aviation services to a broad base of offshore energy companies and government entities. The Company's aviation services include personnel transportation, SAR, medevac, fixed-wing transportation, unmanned systems, and ad hoc helicopter services. Bristow currently has customers in many countries on every continent.

Arrius 2B1/2B2
The Arrius 2B2 powers the twin-engine light 8-seater Airbus Helicopters H135. It is used for a wide variety of missions, including EMS, VIP transport and police work.

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Safran is an international high-technology group, operating in the aviation (propulsion, equipment and interiors), defense and space markets. Its core purpose is to contribute to a safer, more sustainable world, where air transport is more environmentally friendly, comfortable and accessible. Safran has a global presence, with 92 000 employees and sales of 23.2 billion euros in 2023, and holds, alone or in partnership, world or regional leadership positions in its core markets. 
Safran is listed on the Euronext Paris stock exchange and is part of the CAC 40 and Euro Stoxx 50 indices.

Safran Helicopter Engines is the world’s leading manufacturer of helicopter engines, with more than 75,000 produced since being founded. It offers the widest range of helicopter turboshafts in the world and has more than 2,500 customers in 155 countries.

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