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EC225 Ditches in North Sea - Update

October 23, 2012

Investigations continue into finding out what caused a controlled safe ditching yesterday in the North Sea of an EC225 Super Puma helicopter flown by another operator.

Out of an abundance of caution, Bristow will continue to delay the operation of its eleven EC225 Super Pumas from its Aberdeen base, and its eight other EC225s and two AS332Ls working elsewhere in the world.

The safety of our passengers and crew is of paramount importance. Our affected aircraft will not fly until we are satisfied that it is safe to do so based on information provided by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch in the UK and the manufacturer of the Super Puma, Eurocopter.

Bristow remain totally committed to the highest standards of airworthiness for our fleet. We are working closely and sharing information with the other affected helicopter operators in Aberdeen, as well as the Civil Aviation Authority in the UK.

Contact: Weber Shandwick
Tel +44 1224 806600

Notes to Editors

Bristow Group Inc. are the leading provider of helicopter services to the worldwide offshore energy industry based on the number of aircraft operated and one of two helicopter service providers to the offshore energy industry with global operations. The Company have major operations in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and the North Sea, and operations in most of the other major offshore oil and gas producing regions of the world, including Alaska, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Nigeria, Russia and Trinidad.