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.


Offshore helicopter transport in Norway was traditionally dominated by Helikopter Service. By the late 1980s three competitors were established, Lufttransport, Mørefly and Braathens Helikopter, but by 1992 Helikopter Service had bought all three of these. Both the authorities and the oil companies wanted multiple operators to stimulate competition. Norsk Helikopter was incorporated in 1993 to fill this gap. It was initially owned as a joint venture between Andreas Ugland and Bristow Helicopter, with the Norwegian shipping billionaire owning 51 percent. This resulted in a close technical cooperation with Bristow's other helicopter companies. The company was established with a fleet of Aerospatiale AS332L Super Pumas.[2]

The companies first and main base is Stavanger Airport, Sola. The airline expanded to Bergen Airport, Flesland in 1999 and then to Brønnøysund Airport, Brønnøy in 2002. A base opened at Hammerfest Airport on 11 November 2004 in conjunction with the construction at Snøhvit.

Norsk Helikopter became the first European operator of the Sikorsky S-92A in 2005. The same year it bought the land-helicopter operator Lufttransport. This lasted for three years. In 2008 the Ugland Group sold its shares to Bristow, in a deal which secured them full ownership of Lufttransport.[3][4] Norsk Helikopter subsequently changed their name to Bristow Norway in April 2009. [5]

The company subsequently won several important contracts. In 2009 they started flying out of Hammerfest for StatoilHydro and Eni. The following year it won an important contract for the Draugen and Sleipner fields. The same year it bought its first Eurocopter EC225 for all-weather search and rescue.

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



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  2. ^ Olsen-Hagen: 90
  3. ^ Olsen-Hagen: 91
  4. ^ "Norwegian helicopter turns British". Aftenbladet. 28 October 2008. Retrieved 2009-08-29. [permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Olsen-Hagen: 92


  • Olsen-Hagen, Bernt Charles (2014). Offshore Helicopters: Helikopteraktiviteten på norsk kontinentalsokkel. Aviation Forlag. ISBN 978-82-999547-0-9.