Company President Says They Could Be There In "The Next Few
At a news conference at the HAI
Heli-Expo in Houston, TX Sunday, Sikorsky President and CEO Jeff
Pino noted that the company could be positioned to become the
world's biggest helicopter company in the not-too-distant
Pino reported that 2009 was a strong year for Sikorsky, which
showed over $6.3 billion in turnover for the year ... $1.1 billion
of that in its commercial helicopter business. "If you look at how
our competitors calculate their backlogs, we have some $12 billion
of business,'" said Pino. "In the next few years we could be the
biggest helicopter company on the planet."
Reports indicate that the U.S. Army's Blackhawk and U.S.
Navy's Seahawk (pictured, above) fleets account for a good
deal of Sikorsky's backlog. It is also moving forward with the
development of the CH-53 heavy lift aircraft for the Marine Corps,
and Pino says the State Department was considering S-61s for use in
Pino said the commercial side of the house represents 25% of the
company's business, with solid orders for S-92, S-72, and Schweizer
aircraft. He also said the new S-76D (artist's concept,
above) was set for first deliveries in 2011, with the 800th
S-76 rolling off the line in the near future.