QUEBEC CITY, Jan. 25 /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 SAAB 340 aircraft. DATS is also pleased to announce that
it has signed maintenance agreements for multiple aircraft with Sky
Bahamas, a Caribbean operator based in Nassau, The Bahamas, and
Transwest Air, a Canadian operator based in Prince Albert,
Sky Bahamas operates four SAAB 340A, and flies throughout the Bahamas
and the Caribbean. David Hvizdos, Director of Maintenance for Sky
Bahamas said, "The DATS technicians are outstanding. Their knowledge,
motivation, and problem solving skills have allowed us to maintain a
challenging flight schedule. The experience was positive for Sky
Bahamas and I would recommend Discovery Air Technical Services for your
Saab 340 maintenance needs. Sky Bahamas plans to continue their use as
the need arises."
With 48 various aircraft and helicopters, Transwest Air is
Saskatchewan's largest and longest operating airline, providing
scheduled passenger and freight service to Saskatoon, Prince Albert, La
Ronge, Stony Rapids, Fond du Lac, Wollaston, Points North, and Fort
McMurray, Alberta. Transwest Air also offers fixed wing and rotary wing
charter services, and operates a float plane base in Lynn Lake,
"We are delighted that our Saab 340 heavy maintenance service has
launched with two important customers like Sky Bahamas and Transwest
Air,'' said Remy St-Martin, Vice President Commercial Services. "We're
getting outstanding customer feedback regarding our employees'
expertise and quality service orientation, and we are fully committed
continuing to exceed our customers' expectations."
In addition to the Saab 340, Discovery Air Technical Services holds
Transport Canada approvals for the DASH-8, ERJ 135/145 and Boeing 737
aircraft, and will soon add additional 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.
ABOUT DISCOVERY AIR
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.
CAUTION REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
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 www.sedar.com. 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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