Sikorsky Civil Helicopter Production To Surge in 2012
Sikorsky president Jeff Pino presented his company’s 2011 results and 2012 outlook last week, and the outlook suggests that strong deliveries of the S-92 medium twin will boost civil activity this year. Pino is expecting S-92 handovers to leap by 42 percent and overall civil activity by approximately 30 percent, while overall total sales (military and civil) will fall by 5 percent.
This year’s plans call for delivery of about 260 aircraft. No deliveries of the new S-76D are being scheduled for the first half of this year, but 24 copies of the medium twin are expected to be handed over to customers in the latter half. Sikorsky delivered 274 helicopters last year–up 5 percent over 2010–and revenues reached $7.4 billion, an increase of 10 percent.
AIN understands “military systems” accounted for more than half of the company’s 2011 revenues. Meanwhile, the civil production side (Sikorsky Global Helicopters) accounted for about 15 percent and Sikorsky Aerospace Services picked up the remainder. Among helicopter manufacturers, Sikorsky and Eurocopter were virtually tied in first place for 2011 revenues.