November 8, 2012:
Bond Offshore Helicopters is pleased to announce that it has now returned six of its nine fleet back to service. Comprising of four crew change helicopters and two search and rescue helicopters.
Last week Eurocopter dispatched four technicians and four unaffected rotors shafts to Aberdeen, where they were installed into the gearboxes of the affected aircraft. The aircraft were then thoroughly tested and returned to service in the North Sea. All aircraft are being flown in accordance with the EASA Emergency Airworthiness Directive 2012-0225-E.
Newly appointed Bond Offshore Helicopters managing director, Luke Farajallah said, "There is no doubt that recent weeks have been challenging for the industry, but I am pleased that Bond Offshore Helicopters has been able to help its customers by returning our AS332L2 fleet back to service. Our attention is now focused on the EC225's, where we are actively participating in the industry meetings and we look forward to further developments. The safety of our passengers and crew will always come first.'
In bringing the flights back to service, Bond Offshore Helicopters, a leading provider of mission critical services, remains committed to the highest standards of airworthiness and will not compromise the safety of the company's passengers and crew.
Bond Offshore Helicopters continue to work in close cooperation with other helicopter operators, oil and gas customers, the HSSG and Eurocopter as these works take place.
Press release issued by Bond Offshore Helicopters.