Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Babcock helicopters take first flight following new five-year North Sea deal

Babcock contracts

Babcock helicopters took their first flight out of Shetland on Wednesday following a new five-year shared contract with three oil and gas operators.

The new deal, announced in March, will see Babcock conduct more than 100 flights a month to North Sea assets on behalf of EnQuest, Taqa and CNR International.

Offshore passengers will now fly from Aberdeen to Sumburgh on a Loganair ATR 42 aircraft, before taking the final leg by offshore helicopter.

The first flight of 38 passengers left Aberdeen International Airport on a Loganair aircraft arriving at Sumburgh on Wednesday, where they transferred to Babcock S-92 helicopters.

One helicopter flew 19 passengers to CNR’s Ninian Southern platform, while another carried 19 passengers to Taqa’s Cormorant Alpha and Tern platforms.

Babcock offshore director, Ian Cooke, said: “Today’s first flight marks a significant moment for us as we embark on a new relationship with an important new customer group.

“We are basing aircraft in Sumburgh full-time to serve this contract and will also be investing in facilities there and in Aberdeen.

“We pride ourselves on operating to the highest levels of safety and I’m looking forward to Babcock delivering a safe and efficient aviation service to support our customer’s operations in Shetland.”

In March, the closure of Scasta Airport on Shetland saw the agreement of a new Integrated Aviation Consortium (IAC) contract awarded to a consortium including Babcock and Loganair.

The firms now operate oil and gas flights out of Sumburgh Airport.

Loganair director of charter services, Fiona MacLeod, said: “This is a significant contract win for us, strengthening our oil and gas commitment – in a sector where we have considerable long-term experience.

“In partnership with Babcock, we will be providing vital links for three major North Sea companies.

“We have dedicated two of our 49-seat ATR-42 turboprops to the service, a type newly introduced to the Loganair fleet, of which we have five in total.”

Recommended for you

More from Energy Voice

Latest Posts