ORLANDO, FL, HAI Heli-Expo, March 1 /CNW/ - Eurocopter and CHC Helicopter
Corporation ("CHC") (TSX: FLY.A and FLY.B; NYSE: FLI) jointly announced at
Heli-Expo that they have entered into a contract for the delivery of 16 new
EC225 helicopters. The 16 aircraft are expected to be delivered between late
2008 and late 2012. CHC plans to put these aircraft into service as part of
the Company's fleet renewal plan, in support of new offshore oil and gas
contracts, and potentially as Search and Rescue (SAR) aircraft. CHC is making
this commitment to meet the unprecedented demand from our various customers
including both the offshore oil and gas industry and government sponsored SAR.
This new, 16 helicopter order, will supplement the six EC225 aircraft CHC
currently has on order. The original six aircraft, which are expected to be
delivered by December 2008, will support contracts with TOTAL E&P UK PLC,
TOTAL E&P Norge AS as well as other customers in the North Sea and elsewhere.
CHC, which is the largest civilian Super Puma family operator with 30 Mark 1
and 20 Mark 2 variants, now continues this relationship with Eurocopter by
significantly expanding its EC225 fleet.
The EC225 fleet will be fully supported by CHC subsidiary Heli-One, the
world's largest independent helicopter MRO and logistics support company.
Building on more than 25 years' experience with the Super Puma family,
Heli-One will provide total MRO support for the advanced EC225. Heli-One has
been granted an exclusive licence to perform repair and overhaul on EC225
"The success of our heavy product range has always been closely linked to
the success of CHC," said Lutz Bertling, President and CEO of Eurocopter.
"Based on the company's huge experience with the Super Puma family of
helicopters, we are pleased to see the EC225 selected by CHC to serve its
clients including, TOTAL E&P's UK and Norwegian operations in the North Sea.
The EC225 benefits from many technological enhancements developed from the
entire Eurocopter product line and it sets new standards of safety, comfort
and performance for offshore services."
Sylvain Allard, President and CEO of CHC stated that "We are delighted to
continue to partner with Eurocopter to respond to the ever-growing
requirements of our customers. The EC225 meets and exceeds their needs for
modern, safe, comfortable and efficient helicopters. CHC through its European
and Global operating subsidiaries, which are fully supported by Heli-One, is
uniquely positioned to offer this aircraft to the world."
The EC225 is the latest and most advanced member of Eurocopter's family
of twin-engine, long-range helicopters. Its mission focus lies on passenger
transport - in particular offshore and VIP, and its versatility also makes it
a perfect aircraft for public service missions such as Search and Rescue
(SAR). It has a maximum take-off weight of 11 metric tons and significantly
increased performance capabilities such as a new-five-bladed main rotor
system, a reinforced main rotor gear box, and an integrated display and
Established in 1992, the Franco-German-Spanish Eurocopter Group is a
Division of EADS, a world leader in aerospace, defence and related services.
The Eurocopter Group employs approx. 14,000 people. In 2006, Eurocopter
confirmed its position as the world's No. 1 helicopter manufacturer with a
turnover of 3.8 billion euros, orders for 615 new helicopters, and a 52%
percent market share in the civil and parapublic sectors. Overall, the Group's
products account for 30% percent of the total world helicopter fleet. Its
strong worldwide presence is ensured by its 16 subsidiaries on five
continents, along with a dense network of distributors, certified agents and
maintenance centres. More than 9,800 Eurocopter helicopters are currently in
service with over 2,800 customers in 140 countries. Eurocopter offers the
largest civil and military helicopter range in the world.
For Eurocopter inquiries, please contact:
Tel : + 33 (0)1 49 34 45 55
Mob :+ 33 (0)6 72 83 90 67
Tel : + 49 (0) 89 6000 64 88
Mob :+ 49 151 1422 9243
Tel: + 34 91 379 66 04
Mob :+ 34 690 88 88 80
Tel: + 49 (0) 906 71 4565
Mob.:+49 (9) 151 1422 9089
CHC Helicopter Corporation is the world's largest provider of helicopter
services to the global offshore oil and gas industry, with aircraft operating
in more than 30 countries worldwide.
Heli-One, an operating subsidiary of CHC, is the world's largest
independent helicopter support company, providing leasing services, repair and
overhaul, modifications, completions and logistics support for 20 different
aircraft types operated by customers around the world.
Forward Looking Statements
Statements in this press release contain projections and other
forward-looking statements involving known and unknown risks and
uncertainties, including, but not limited to, the exercising of options,
delays in delivery, configuration changes, or changes in customers' needs and
other factors detailed in CHC's Annual Report on Form 20-F and in other
filings with the United States SEC and the Canadian securities regulatory
authorities. Unless otherwise required by applicable securities laws, CHC
disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward looking
information, whether as a result of new information, future events or
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