Coldstream Helicopters (Coldstream) and Safran Helicopter Engines have signed a Support-By-the-Hour (SBH®) contract for Makila engines that power the former’s AS332L1 Super Puma Fleet. The contract formalizes a long-term maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) and services agreement which supports Coldstream’s Makila 1A1 engines.
The contract will be overseen by Safran Helicopter Engines Canada, in Mirabel, Quebec, which is responsible for providing North American customers with support services for the Arrius, Arriel and Makila engines together with repair and overhaul of engines, modules and accessories.
Safran Helicopter Engines Canada CEO Stewart Noel said: “We are proud of this testimony of confidence from Coldstream Helicopters Ltd. in Safran Helicopter Engines and its SBH® support contract”. Robert Gallagher, Coldstream President and CEO, states “Ensuring security of supply and predictability of costs is paramount in ensuring Coldstream’s ability to provide its customers with outstanding service and performance. This strategic relationship with Safran for SBH® support will be key piece to Coldstream’s continuing success”.
SBH® is Safran Helicopter Engines’ support-by-the-hour programme. It makes engine operating costs predictable, eliminates cash peaks and allows flexibility for scheduled and unscheduled MRO coverage. SBH® is part of EngineLife® Services, Safran’s range of solutions for helicopter engines. Safran Helicopter Engines is a leading manufacturer of helicopter engines, with more than 75,000 produced since being founded. It offers a wide range of helicopter turboshafts and has more than 2,500 customers in 155 countries. Coldstream Helicopters is a leading heavy utility helicopter operator, operating in diverse and challenging environments. Safran is an international high-technology group, operating in the aviation (propulsion, equipment and interiors), defence and space markets. The company has a global presence, with 83 000 employees and sales of £16.8 billion in 2022.