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Héli-Boréal Inc. Grows its Mining Exploration Capabilities with a Delivery of an AS350 B2 from Eurocopter Canada

Helicopter Association of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario – Eurocopter Canada delivers the AS350 B2 to Héli-Boréal Inc.

Héli-Boréal Inc. has selected the AS350 B2 as its eighth Eurocopter helicopter. The aircraft was delivered by Eurocopter Canada Limited (ECL) on March 16, 2012 and will be used to expand Héli-Boréal’s work in mining exploration; hydro surveying and maintenance missions.

Photo: New Heli-Boreal AS350 B2. Credit: Vitek Zawada.

“The proven AS350 B2 has become renowned for its versatility,” said Guy Joannes, President and CEO, ECL. “We are especially proud to accompany Héli-Boréal in its development, and look forward to contributing to the success of its various and complex missions.”

The AS350 B2 is an excellent utility helicopter that is able to carry an external load of more than one ton (2,200 lbs). Thanks to its high useful load, it is well suited for completing mining and utility missions quickly and efficiently.

“The AS350 B2 will help strengthen our position in the mining industry by providing additional options for our customers,” said Jean-Yves, Vice-President, Héli-Boréal Inc. “Eurocopter aircraft continues to be our first choice in terms of continued reliability, versatility and safety.”

Héli-Boréal’s current fleet consists of two AS350 BAs, three AS350 B2s, one AS350 B3 and one EC120.

Renowned for its enhanced performance, excellent safety features and reduced operating costs; the single-engine AS350 B2, powered with a Safran Arriel 1D1 engine, has a proven track record.  Its flexibility and excellent value make it a very sought-after helicopter used to perform a wide range of missions including; passenger transport, aerial work and firefighting. Additional options included on the aircraft: RH Cargo Pod, Longlining Enlarged Floor Window, Cowling Maintenance Steps, Cargo Mirror and Airframe Fuel Filter.

About the Eurocopter Group and Eurocopter Canada

Established in 1992, the Franco-German-Spanish Eurocopter Group is a division of EADS, a world leader in aerospace and defense-related services. The Eurocopter Group employs approximately 20,000 people. In 2011, Eurocopter confirmed its position as the world’s number one helicopter manufacturer with a turnover of 5.4 billion Euros, orders for 457 new helicopters and a 43 percent market share in the civil and parapublic sectors. Overall, the Group’s helicopters account for 33 percent of the worldwide civil and parapublic fleet. Eurocopter’s strong international presence is ensured by its subsidiaries and participations in 21 countries. Eurocopter’s worldwide network of service centers, training facilities, distributors and certified agents supports some 2,900 customers. There are currently more than 11,300 Eurocopter helicopters in service in 149 countries. Eurocopter offers the most comprehensive civil and military helicopter range in the world and is fully committed to safety as the most important aspect of its business.

Eurocopter Canada (www.eurocopter.ca) is a market leader with 67 percent of new aircraft sales, supporting more than 600 aircraft that are operated by 160 customers across Canada. Eurocopter Canada, a subsidiary of Eurocopter is based in Fort Erie, Ontario, with operations in Richmond, British Columbia and Montreal, Quebec and has a customer support network that spans the entire country.

For more information, please contact:

Laura Senecal
Tel: (905) 871-7772
Cel: (905) 321-7738
laura.senecal[at]eurocopter.ca
Eurocopter Canada Limited

Julie Guérin
Tel: + 33 4 42 85 59 64
Cel: + 33 6 22 00 34 73
julie.guerin[at]eurocopter.com
Eurocopter Group

Stéphane Chery
Tel : + 33 (0)4 42 85 60 51
Cel : + 33 (0)6 23 93 71 23 stephane.chery[at]eurocopter.com Eurocopter Group

Jean-Yves Lacasse
Tel: (418) 962-7256 
jylacasse[at]heli-boreal.ca      
Héli-Boréal Inc.

Website: www.eurocopter.com