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Eurocopter Canada Completes Sale To Villeneuve Hélicoptères Ltée

Houston, TX (Heli-Expo) – Eurocopter Canada Limited has signed a contract for two AS350 B2 aircraft to Villeneuve Hélicoptères Limitée based in Quebec. Villeneuve has also taken out an option for two additional AS350 B2 aircraft and plans to use the helicopters in its leasing business.

“All of us within the company are thrilled to be acquiring these helicopters from Eurocopter,” said Regis Villeneuve, President of Villeneuve Helicopteres Limitee. “Not only does Eurocopter produce a superior product, but their service excellence is unmatched in the industry.”

The AS350 B2 is a high performance, single engine helicopter that offers superior ceiling and lift capacity. The aircraft has the capacity to carry five passengers plus a pilot, and comes with a VEMD multifunction cockpit display to reduce pilot workload and fatigue.

“We’re pleased to make this strategic sale in the Quebec market given our renewed focus on this province,” said Marie-Agnès Vève, President and Chief Executive Officer of Eurocopter Canada. “Going forward, Quebec will continue to play a central part in our growth plans for Canada.”

Eurocopter Canada is significantly growing its operations throughout the country, including an expansion of its main facility in Fort Erie, Ontario; the opening a new logistics facility in Richmond, British Columbia; and re-establishing its operations in Quebec. Eurocopter Canada forecasts that it will deliver its 500th helicopter in Canada within the next 12 months.

Eurocopter Canada Limited (www.eurocopter.ca) is a subsidiary of Eurocopter. Eurocopter Canada – based in Fort Erie, Ontario – has a customer support network that spans the entire country. Established in 1992, the Franco-German-Spanish Eurocopter Group is a Division of EADS, a world leader in aerospace, defense and related services. The Eurocopter Group employs approximately 14,000 people. In 2007, Eurocopter confirmed its position as the world’s number one helicopter manufacturer in the civil and Para public market, with a turnover exceeding 4 billion euros, orders for 802 new helicopters, and a 53 percent market share in the civil and Para public sectors. Overall, the group’s products account for 30 per cent of the total world helicopter fleet. Its strong worldwide presence is ensured by its 17 subsidiaries on five continents, along with a dense network of distributors, certified agents and maintenance centers. More than 10,000 Eurocopter helicopters are currently in service with over 2,800 customers in 140 countries. Eurocopter offers the largest range of commercial and military helicopters in the world.

For more information, please contact:

Laura SENECAL
Tel: + 905 871-7772
Fax:+ 905 871-3599
laura.senecal[at]eurocopter.ca
Eurocopter Canada Limited

Cécile VION-LANCTUIT
Tel: + 33 (0)1 4934 4504
Mob: + 33 (0)6 7283 9067
cecile.vion-lanctuit[at]eurocopter.com
Eurocopter

Christina GOTZHEIN
Tel: + 49 (0) 89 6000 64 88
Fax:+ 49 (0) 89 6000 44 37
christina.gotzhein[at]eurocopter.com
Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH

Christopher BACH
Tel.:  +49 (0) 906 71 45 65
Fax : +49 (0) 906 71 39 39
christopher.bach[at]eurocopter.com
Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH 

Website: www.eurocopter.com