No Flight, Mission or Aircraft Too Complicated

Bristow offers a service net unparallel to any other global vertical lift provider that includes transport, search and rescue (SAR), unmanned aerial vehicles, helicopter maintenance, modification or repair, and sales. By providing safe, reliable and efficient aviation solutions for the offshore energy and other industries as well as government and civil organizations, we are able to serve our customers and stakeholders around the world. 

We continually upgrade and renew our helicopter fleet, safety standards and evaluate our operations to be a global leader in delivering the service customers demand, offering tailored expertise to meet any helicopter needs. Customers choose Bristow because our worldwide aerial mobility solutions provide a critical service that no other mode of transport can provide, making people’s lives safer and more productive. Bristow operates a fleet of approximately 227 of the industry’s most modern aircraft with the latest generation of technology and safety features. As the world’s largest operator of S-92, AW189 and AW139 model helicopters, our complementary model types create a desirable fleet mix, providing more efficient solutions for customers.

Oil & Gas

Oil & Gas

As oil and gas companies explore deeper waters and develop in remote locations, we will be there, supporting them in safe, reliable ways. We are globally recognized as a premier oil and gas helicopter operator capable of executing the most complex missions, onshore or offshore.

We also offer fixed-wing with rotary-wing flight connectivity and the newest generation in aircraft, facilities and technology to transport personnel to offshore production platforms and drilling rigs, including transportation of company officials or other key personnel, with special security precautions, if required.


Search and Rescue

Since 1971, Bristow has provided search and rescue (SAR) services to Governments and the Oil & Gas industry. To date, Bristow has conducted more than 30,000 SAR missions, during which more than 19,000 people have been rescued or assisted by our crews worldwide. SAR operations require specific expertise and our trained pilots, technical crew, paramedics, engineers and ground crew conduct SAR operations safely and reliably.

SAR services are provided to oil and gas onshore and offshore operations in many countries, including being the only commercial provider in Suriname and Guyana, as well as the largest oil and gas SAR provider in Canada through our partnership with Cougar Helicopters. Bristow’s O&G SAR footprint also includes: Norway, Trinidad and the United States. We operate 10 SAR Coastguard helicopter bases around the UK on behalf of Her Majesty’s Coastguard.

We operate a modern fleet of AW139, AW189 and S-92 specially equipped SAR aircraft. Whether helping people in distress or immediate danger in connection with an injury, illness or other catastrophes, we deliver unparalleled capabilities.


Our diverse fleet and trained pilots support a vast array of utility services.

  • Approved by both federal and state aviation departments, we specialize in forest fire suppression and prevention.
  • We support timber surveying of state and national forest lands and provide air support services for fish and wildlife surveys.
  • We have extensive mountain flying experience and are experts at landing in remote sites.
  • The search for minerals has taken us into some of the most rugged and remote areas around the world.
  • Our services play a vital role in supporting hydroelectric dam and power line construction, concrete pouring, pole setting, university studies, geological surveys, transportation and assembly of heavy equipment and maintenance of mountaintop communication systems.


Unmanned Aerial Solutions

Our Unmanned Aerial Solutions (UAS) utilizes unmanned aerial vehicles and related sensory technologies for multiple applications such as inspections, surveys, mapping and imagery to service numerous industries. These solutions provide significant benefits over traditionally delivered services, including increased safety and enhanced efficiencies through reduced manpower needs.

Bristow is also flying two Schiebel CAMCOPTER® S-100 systems, following a rigorous, three-month test program for support of its search and rescue contract with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency for the UK government. The UAV technology has advanced to the stage where its deployment significantly enhances the capability of air search and rescue operations, improving the reach of the service and reducing risk for the public and crews.

Aircraft Leasing

Aircraft Leasing

Partnering with us means using our diverse fleet, global experience and crew members to execute the safest, most reliable and efficient missions. We can deliver leasing solutions virtually anywhere in the world.

Dry leasing solutions are custom-tailored for any mission offering:

  • Tip-to-tail maintenance support
  • Pilot and AMT training
  • Technical and reliability support
  • Flexible financial solutions

If you are interested in learning more about our aircraft leasing, please contact us at

Fleet Support

We provide specialized technical support services to the helicopter transportation industry including: 

  • AW139 tailboom repair and jig work
  • AW139 upper deck replacements
  • AW139 heavy airframe checks and paint (4-year)
  • AW189 heavy airframe checks and paint (4-year)
  • A119/A109E heavy airframe checks and paint (3200 hr.)
  • Honeywell EPIC avionics upgrades (AW139)
  • Pratt & Whitney fuel nozzle inspections (PT6T-67C, PW206B2, PW206C, PT6T-3B, PT6-3DF)
  • Fatigue Technology (FTI) Cold Expanded bushings replacement and related 4th axis machining (AW139, AW189)
  • Starter generator overhauls and repairs

We also maintain the following OEM authorizations:

  • Leonardo Authorized Service Center (A109E, AW119MKII/A119, AW139, AW189)

Maintenance & Modifications

Bristow Technical Services Ltd, part of the Bristow Group, provides technical support services, maintenance and modifications to the global helicopter industry. Its services can help reduce costs and increase reliability through component maintenance, repair & overhaul (MRO), design, manufacture, installation, test and certification.

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For more than 60 years, we have been a global leader in training for pilots and engineers, as well as offering apprenticeships. As a European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approved maintenance training organization and a world leader in the installation and use of Health and Usage Monitoring Systems (HUMS), we train leaders in aviation.

Training at Bristow


Pioneers of World-class SAR Service

Bristow Helicopters has pioneered the provision of world-class search and rescue (SAR) services around the world, for 50 years.

At sea and on land, we have come to the aid of those in need of assistance. Beginning in the UK in 1971, we have supported members of the public and private sector companies, on all continents, regardless of geography, and in all weathers.

Taking SAR to New Heights in the UK

Today, we operate the HM Coastguard helicopter search and rescue service for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency of the UK Government, along with search and rescue services for operators in the energy sector in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, Guyana, Suriname, Trinidad and Norway.

Our teams of specialists around the world work together to provide the most operationally effective all-weather helicopter SAR service to our clients, greatly improving the chances of survival for those in the greatest need.

Continuously Improving Our Approach to SAR

Our challenge is to ensure that everything we do meets very highest standards of safety and speed of response, no-matter the mission or environment into which we are deployed.

We do that by investing in our people; our aircraft; innovation; and in achieving continuous improvement and operational excellence. We pursue each of these aspects with the guidance of our shared values, which are the foundation of Bristow Search and Rescue’s approach.