Discovery Air Technical Services Inc. announces new orders for the maintenance of 22 aircraft from a US Regional Airline customer and the opening of its Toronto office

QUEBEC CITY, May 24, 2011 /CNW/ - Discovery Air Technical Services Inc. (DATS), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Discovery Air Inc., is pleased to announce that it has received new orders for heavy maintenance of 22 ERJ 135/145 regional jets. DATS is also pleased to announce the opening of its Toronto office in Mississauga near the Lester B. Pearson International Airport.

"We are very pleased to announce new orders for the maintenance of 22 ERJ 135/145 aircraft in our Quebec City MRO facility. This is a clear sign from our customers that DATS delivers on quality and value," commented Jean Genest, President and CEO of DATS.

"We are also pleased to announce the opening of our new Toronto office as part of our strategic expansion into complimentary services including aircraft modifications, special mission conversions, engineering, and certification. It is also our initial step in the set-up of a Design Approval Organization, which will enhance DATS' ability to provide the best products to its customer base in addition to providing services to OEMs and other operators."

In addition to the ERJ 135/145, Discovery Air Technical Services holds Transport Canada approvals for the DASH-8, Boeing 737, CRJ 100/200 and SAAB 340 aircraft, and will soon add additional aircraft types to its catalog of capabilities. DATS' Quebec City maintenance facility provides a wide range of capabilities 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 130 aircraft, it is one of the largest air operators in Canada, employing more than 600 flight crew, maintainers and support staff to deliver a variety of air transport, maintenance and logistics solutions to its government, airline and business customers. The Corporation's subsidiaries include: Top Aces, which delivers airborne training and special mission services to the Canadian military; Hicks & Lawrence, a supplier of airborne fire management services to the Ontario government and charter services to government agencies and corporate customers; Discovery Air Technical Services, which provides a range of maintenance, repair, overhaul, modification, engineering and certification services; Great Slave Helicopters, the second-largest VFR helicopter operator in the country; Air Tindi, the largest fixed-wing aircraft charter provider based in Northern Canada; Discovery Mining Services, which supplies all-weather exploration camps as well as expediting and logistics support services; and Discovery Air Innovations, the innovation arm of Discovery Air that identifies and captures large, new market opportunities.

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, 2011, 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, DA.DB, and DA.DB.A respectively).

SOURCE Discovery Air Inc.

For further information:

Discovery Air Technical Services
JC Tewfik
Director Sales
514 694-5565 ext: 333
Investor Relations
Sheila Venman
VP Human Resources and Communications
Toll Free (866) 903 3247
Rolf S. Dawson
Vice President, Corporate Finance & Administration
867-873-5350, Ext. 304



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