$150 million contract would provide long-term maintenance for Airbus
OTTAWA, Nov. 1, 2013 /CNW/ - Today at a special ceremony in Summerside,
Prince Edward Island (PEI), Airbus Military and Vector Aerospace Engine
Services - Atlantic (ES-A) announced a partnership that will help
secure aerospace jobs in Prince Edward Island. ES-A will provide engine
maintenance for Airbus Military's C295 as part of its bid to replace
Canada's fixed-wing search and rescue (FWSAR) aircraft. If Airbus is
successful, this will be worth almost $150 million over the 20-year
life of the contract.
"Airbus Military is very proud to celebrate this important partnership
with ES-A," said Antonio R. Barberán, Senior Vice President for Airbus
Military. "This partnership will help bring long-term high-technology
aerospace jobs to Prince Edward Island. This is in keeping with Airbus'
already outstanding commitment to Canadian content for our aircraft."
The C295 is the market leader in military search and rescue (SAR),
maritime patrol and medium transport. To date, 123 aircraft have been
sold to 16 different countries. The C295 boasts substantial Canadian
content- about 20% of the aircraft. In addition to ES-A, the C295's
engines are built by Pratt & Whitney Canada, simulators by CAE and
electro/optical sensors by L-3 Wescam. Discovery Air will provide
in-service support for the aircraft over the life of the contract.
"Vector Aerospace Engine Services - Atlantic is very pleased to partner
with Airbus on this important project that will provide benefits to all
Canadians," said Jeff Poirier, President of ES-A. "We are very proud to
have built a reputation for excellent service and support right here in
PEI. Our partnership with Airbus Military, and the business it brings,
on a project as important as the FWSAR program reinforces that."
This commitment to the PEI aerospace industry is a part of Airbus' large
overall commitment to Canadian industry. Over the past 25 years, Airbus
has become an integral component of Canada's aerospace, defence and
advanced technology sectors. Its Canadian operations boast six business
units that have over $450-million in annual sales and employ 1,700
people in 11 centres across the country, with an additional 4,000 jobs
This commitment to Canadian industry means that Airbus' industrial
regional benefit (IRB) proposals are based on facts and reliable
potential activities. Already, Airbus has eight banking transactions
with Industry Canada worth more than $800 million.
"Airbus Military aircraft, like the C295, are proven, reliable, and low
risk. We've earned that reputation by working with the best suppliers
in the world," concluded Barberán. "That's why we're committed to
Canadian companies like Vector Aerospace Engine Services - Atlantic,
which provide world class service for our world-leading aircraft."
About Airbus Military
Airbus Military is the only military and civic/humanitarian transport
aircraft manufacturer to develop, produce, sell and support a
comprehensive family of airlifters ranging from three to 45 tonnes of
payload. An Airbus daughter company, Airbus Military is responsible for
the A400M programme, as well as the Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT)
A330 and for further military derivatives based on Airbus civil
aircraft. Together with the C295, CN235 and C212, Airbus Military is
the global leader in the market for military transport, tanker and
surveillance aircraft able to perform the most varied missions.
Altogether, Airbus Military has sold more than 1,000 aircraft to some
130 military, civilian and governmental customers. More than 800 of
these aircraft have been delivered. Airbus is an EADS company.
SOURCE: Airbus Military
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