Helicopter support company Heli-One has been awarded a contract by AAR Airlift to provide CT58 engine and component support for its 20 Sikorsky S-61 aircraft.

The scope of the three-year deal includes options for renewal and customer support.

It provides AAR Airlift with access to Heli-One’s engineering knowledge and capabilities, as well as an extensive parts inventory for its S-61 helicopters.

"For the past six years, Heli-One has consistently earned our confidence."

AAR Airlift said that the company in partnership with Heli-One will ensure safe and consistent operations in challenging environments.

The company claimed that it operates the largest fleet of S-61s in the world. It deploys the rotary-wing aircraft to support various operations, including transporting personnel and supplies.

AAR Airlift chief operating officer Jeff Wehrenberg said: "We are often flying in unforgiving places and it is critical that we can trust our equipment and the people who service it.

"For the past six years, Heli-One has consistently earned our confidence. Whatever our customers’ missions, we must keep aircraft flying and return grounded helicopters to service without delay."

Heli-One Commercial Group vice-president Anthony DiNota said: "We are continually creating, applying and improving techniques specific to AAR Airlift, so that we are always increasing reliability and reducing turnaround times for the customer."

Based in British Columbia, Canada, Heli-One is part of CHC Helicopter and has MRO operations in Norway, Poland and the US.