Bristow Norway

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Bristow Norway
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1993
Hubs Stavanger Airport, Sola
Focus cities Bergen Airport, Flesland
Brønnøysund Airport, Brønnøy
Hammerfest Airport
Fleet size 20
Parent company Bristow Group
Headquarters Stavanger
Key people Arne Martin Gilberg (Area Manager)
Website [1]
Sikorsky S-92

Bristow Norway AS (formerly Norsk Helikopter) is a Norwegian helicopter company that transports crew to oil installations in the North Sea. It has headquarters in Stavanger and has additional operations out of Bergen, Brønnøysund, Hammerfest. The company operates a fleet of 17 helicopters and has 315 employees.

The company has contract for crew flights with Statoil, Marathon Oil, BP, Talisman Energy, and ConocoPhillips. In addition it has one AWSAR (All Weather Search and Rescue) Eurocopter EC225 stationed in Hammerfest.


The company started operations from the Norwegian oil capital Stavanger in 1993. The company was a joint venture between the Ugland shipping family (51%) and the Aberdeen based Bristow Group (49%), who operate helicopters to oil installations on the British sector of the North Sea. Bristow Group is partially owned by the American Offshore Logistics, and in total the three companies operate 420 helicopters.

The first new base was opened at Bergen Airport, Flesland in 1999. Later Norsk Helikopter opened bases at Brønnøysund Airport, Brønnøy (2002) and at Hammerfest Airport (2004).

In March 2005, the company bought the helicopter operator Lufttransport and its Swedish subsidiary with the same name from Norwegian Air Shuttle. Lufttransport was previously a subsidiary of the main competitor CHC Helikopter Service.

In October 2008, Bristow Group announced the acquisition of the 51% share of Norsk Helikopter which it did not already own, in return for the divestment of Lufttransport to Knut Axel Ugland Holding.[2] The company was renamed Bristow Norway AS in April 2009 and the company is in the process of rebranding its fleet with the Bristow logo.[3]

The 'Norsk Helikopter' brand was retained by Ugland, who sold it on to Avincis Group, (since purchased by Babcock International).