Bristow Helicopters have slammed what can be described as de-marketing of the airline by a group, National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS) which has requested that the airline’s clients terminate Bristow’s services.
The airline, which believes that such measures are uncalled for, has also said it has engaged the authorities and other government officials to resolve the matter.
A statement from the airline read, “We are aware that a number of our clients have received a letter from the National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS) requesting termination of Bristow’s services. We have engaged the authority and other government officials on the matter.”
According to Bristow, it is complying with the regulatory body, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and the accident investigation Bureau (AIB) on issues that led to the controlled ditch of its helicopter into the Atlantic.
“Safety is Bristow’s number one core value and we remain focused on safety in all aspects of our operation. We are in full compliance of all Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) regulatory requirements and Sikorsky operating directives, and continue to fully cooperate with the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) in their investigation into the event of February 3, 2016.”
“A comprehensive audit has been performed by the NCAA. We are also conducting series of additional safety assurance checks on the Sikorsky S-76 fleet as a precautionary measure prior to returning the aircraft to service.”
According to the statement, the NCAA has authorized that Bristow start test flights of the S-76 C++.
The airline continued, ”Bristow Helicopters Nigeria Limited has operated in Nigeria since 1969, and during that time has maintained high standards and safety values, and trained and employed a significant number of pilots and engineers in the industry in Nigeria.
“A major contributor of trained manpower and facilities in the industry, Bristow has contributed its support to the nation’s aviation and oil & gas industry through its pilot and engineer training programs and donations to the two aviation colleges in the country,”
Bristow also said it would continue to entrench the highest safety standards and has engaged an independent third party to conduct an additional review of Bristow’s operations in Nigeria, to ensure that best practices can be shared laterally across all operators to further enhance safety.
“We remain committed to continuing our safety work with all members of the aviation community, including other operators, to share best practices and support other initiatives that will help improve safety, and to honoring the contractual obligations with our customers.”
“We are engaging an independent third party to conduct an additional review of Bristow’s operations in Nigeria, with the expectation that such initiative will also extend to include the review of other similar entities across the Nigerian oil and gas industry, so that best practices can be shared laterally across all operators to further enhance safety.”