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Three More Eurocopter Aircraft for Great Slave Helicopters

Houston, TX (Heli-Expo) – Eurocopter Canada Limited has signed an agreement to deliver multiple aircraft to Great Slave Helicopters based in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.

Great Slave Helicopters has signed a deal to purchase one AS350 B3, one AS350 B2 and one EC130 B4 helicopters from Eurocopter Canada. All three aircraft are to be delivered in spring 2009. Great Slave Helicopters plans to use the helicopters in its mining exploration business.

Great Slave Helicopters has selected these three aircraft as a compliment to their existing fleet of twenty four Eurocopter aircraft. In the last two years, Great Slave Helicopters has already purchased two trios of Eurocopters (each including one AS350 B2, one AS350 B3 and one EC130) respectively delivered in 2006 and 2007.

“We’re hoping that these state-of-the art helicopters will help us continue to meet the demands of our diverse customer base,” said Adam Bembridge, President of Great Slave Helicopters. “All three models of aircraft have proven reliability and performance.” 

The AS350 B3 is a high performance, single engine helicopter that offers superior ceiling and lift capacity. The aircraft has the capacity to carry six passengers plus a pilot, and comes with a VEMD multifunction cockpit display to reduce pilot workload and fatigue.

The B3 model builds on Eurocopter’s successful AS350 B2 helicopter, which has proven to be a preferred model in Canada’s civilian helicopter market. The EC130 B4 helicopter is mainly used in the passenger transport sector and fulfills needs in the corporate market segment due to the aircraft’s enlarged cabin, modern technology and comfort.

“We’re confident that Great Slave Helicopters will enjoy these models of aircraft immensely,” said Marie-Agnès Vève, President and Chief Executive Officer of Eurocopter Canada. “All three models should ensure their ongoing success.”

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