Discovery Air Technical Services Inc. announces award of Boeing 737 AMO Certificate and new contract with Canadian 737 operator

QUEBEC CITY, Jan. 20 /CNW/ - Discovery Air Technical Services Inc. (DATS), a Discovery Air company, is pleased to announce receipt of its Approved Maintenance Organisation (AMO) Certificate from Transport Canada for the Boeing 737. Concurrently, DATS was awarded its first contract on that aircraft type from a Canadian operator.  Under the contract, DATS will be the lead provider of Boeing 737 line maintenance services for that customer at the Jean Lesage International airport in Quebec City.

''We are extremely pleased with the quick ramp-up of our 737 line maintenance business," said Jean Genest, CTO and Executive Vice President of Technical Services for Discovery Air Inc. "DATS' experienced maintenance personnel and modern facilities are the logical choice for Boeing 737 operators serving the Quebec City market."

In addition to the Boeing 737, Discovery Air Technical Services holds Transport Canada approvals for the DASH-8, ERJ 135/145 and SAAB 340 aircraft, and will soon add other aircraft types. DATS' Quebec City maintenance facility provides a wide range of services including welding, avionics, engineering, machining, heat treatment, composite and sheet metal repairs.


Founded in 2004, Discovery Air Inc. is a specialty aviation services company operating across Canada and in select locations internationally. With over 140 aircraft, it is one of the largest air operators in Canada, employing 450 flight crew, maintainers and support staff to deliver a variety of air transport, maintenance and logistics solutions to a wide range of government, airline and business customers. The Company's Government Services segment includes two subsidiaries: Top Aces Inc., which delivers airborne training and special mission services to the Canadian military, and Hicks & Lawrence, a supplier of airborne fire management services to the Ontario government and charter services to government agencies and corporate customers. The Company's Northern Services segment includes three subsidiaries: Great Slave Helicopters, the second-largest VFR helicopter operator in the country; Air Tindi, a fixed-wing aircraft charter provider operating throughout Northern Canada; and Discovery Mining Services, which constructs and rents all-weather exploration camps and provides expediting and logistics support services. Discovery Air also provides a range of maintenance, repair and overhaul solutions to airline customers through Discovery Air Technical Services Inc., based in Quebec City.


Discovery Air's public communications may include written or oral forward-looking statements (as defined in applicable securities laws) regarding the future performance of the company and/or its subsidiaries. Forward-looking statements by definition are based on assumptions and are as a result subject to risks and uncertainties, including those identified in the Management's Discussion and Analysis section of Discovery Air's financial statements for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2010, available at As a result of such risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those discussed in forward-looking statements, and readers should not place undue reliance on such statements. Forward-looking statements represent expectations as of the date they are made, and Discovery Air disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements it may make, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required under applicable securities laws.

Discovery Air's shares and debentures trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (Symbols DA.A and DA.DB respectively).

SOURCE Discovery Air Inc.

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