Bristow Group Acquires British International Helicopters

A Bristow Group helicopter landing at Sumburgh Airport
Ronnie Robertson, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

LONDON – The Bristow Group Inc. (Bristow) has announced that it has completed its acquisition of British International Helicopter Services Limited (“BIH”) effective August 2.

The incorporation of BIH under the Bristow umbrella will further enhance the Group’s leading global Government Services offering. Bristow will integrate BIH into its UK operations, whereupon BIH will effectively adopt the Bristow name and branding throughout its entire operations.

Management statements


“This acquisition further enhances our government services business, and we welcome our new, highly capable and experienced team members into the Bristow family,” said Chris Bradshaw, President and CEO of Bristow Group.

“We will now build off BIH’s longstanding history and strong relationships with the U.K. Ministry of Defence and will continue providing safe and reliable service to both military and civilian markets.”

Alan Corbett, Senior Vice President of Bristow EAMEA and Search and Rescue, stated:

“The acquisition of BIH will further enhance Bristow’s leading global government services business by strengthening existing relationships and developing new partnerships throughout government sectors for safe and reliable vertical lift solutions.”

“Through this acquisition, Bristow is well-positioned to further expand our services throughout the U.K. and beyond.”

About British International Helicopter Services


BIH’s more than 110 employees currently deliver combined search and rescue (SAR) and support helicopter services for the U.K. Ministry of Defence (MOD) with operations in the Falkland Islands. They also deliver Fleet Operational Sea Training (FOST) helicopter support for the Royal Navy in the UK.

BIH currently operates a fleet of two AW189 SAR-configured helicopters, three S61 helicopters, and one AS365 helicopter, performing various passenger and freight transport as well as hoist operations.

About Bristow Group


Bristow Group Inc. is the leading global provider of innovative and sustainable vertical flight solutions. The operator primarily provides aviation services to a broad base of major integrated, national, and independent offshore energy companies.

Bristow provides commercial search and rescue (SAR) services in several countries and public sector SAR services in the United Kingdom on behalf of the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA). Additionally, the company offers ad hoc helicopter and fixed wing transportation services.

The company currently has customers in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, the Dutch Caribbean, Falkland Islands, Guyana, India, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Spain, Suriname, Trinidad, the U.K. and the U.S. 

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