The delivery marks the first S-92 to be operated by Caverton and the first to be operated by a wholly locally owned African company, where the aircraft will be used for offshore operations. In addition to the helicopter, Milestone will also provide Caverton with a comprehensive training and ‘entry into service’ package to support the phasing-in of this new type into its fleet.
Michael York, Head of Emerging Markets at Milestone, said: “The S-92 continues to be the workhorse of the offshore sector and through this transaction, we are not only cultivating a new operator for this aircraft type, but expanding its footprint, which is critical for the industry. Milestone is proud to have been selected by Caverton as their leasing partner in this transaction.”
Growing the scope of capabilities as a Nigerian operator
Rotimi Makanjuola, Managing Director and Accountable Manager of Caverton Helicopters, added: “The introduction of the S-92 into our fleet marks a significant milestone for the company and further demonstrates our commitment to meet the service requirements of our clients and grow our scope of capabilities as a Nigerian operator.
“This is yet another testament to our continued success as the leading indigenous aviation logistics service provider in West Africa. Becoming an S-92 operator will undoubtedly enable the company to expand into service provision for clients that require additional payload and extended range for their missions, which the S-92 efficiently and safely provides.”
Sikorsky confident the aircraft will meet the needs
“Sikorsky is proud to welcome Caverton to the S-92 helicopter family and values our longstanding relationship with Milestone,” said Sikorsky’s Vice President, Commercial Systems & Services, Audrey Brady. “We are confident this aircraft will support the demanding needs of Caverton’s offshore oil and gas transportation missions with its industry-leading safety and reliability record.”
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