Bristow will be the launch customer of the AgustaWestland AW189 medium helicopter after its March 26 contract award to take over the U.K. government's search-and-rescue (SAR) helicopter program. Bristow will receive its first AW189 later this year, according to Mike Imlach, the company's Europe business unit director. The type will be used first on North Sea oil and gas operations, replacing the aging Eurocopter AS332L Pumas — known as Bristow Tigers — before the first SAR-configured ...

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