DRYDEN, ON, Feb. 17 /CNW/ - Superior Helicopters Canada Inc., a
wholly-owned subsidiary of Discovery Air Inc.'s Great Slave Helicopters
Ltd., has been awarded a new two-year contract with the Ontario
Ministry of Natural Resources (OMNR).
The contract with the OMNR is for three Bell medium helicopters for
aviation, forest fire and emergency services in Northern Ontario, with
the three contracted machines based in Wawa, Chapleau, and Cochrane.
Commencing April 1 and spanning two fire seasons to March 31, 2013, the
new contract is based on utilization but will result in minimum annual
revenues of approximately $1.5 million.
"Great Slave Helicopters and our subsidiary Superior Helicopters are
proven industry leaders in the field of forest fire support and
suppression," said Jeff Denomme, Great Slave Helicopters President.
"With staff and aircraft permanently based in Northern Ontario, we
provide an outstanding response to the forest fire management needs of
the OMNR. This new contract builds on our long standing relationship
with the OMNR for the provision of high quality fire response and
aviation services delivery."
"This contract win proves the benefit of our strategy to deliver a full
range of specialty aviation solutions to our customers," commented Dave
Jennings, President and CEO of Discovery Air Inc. "Our Hicks & Lawrence
subsidiary has been a prime supplier of fixed wing airborne fire
management services to the OMNR for many years, and being able to
expand that relationship to include a rotary wing contract illustrates
the value of a diversified capability base to meet the needs of our
business and corporate customers."
In addition to Ontario, Great Slave Helicopters, its subsidiaries and
aboriginal partners currently service forest fire contracts in Alberta,
Manitoba and the Northwest Territories, and provide back-up support in
B.C. and Yukon.
ABOUT DISCOVERY AIR AND ITS SUBSIDIARIES
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 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 three
subsidiaries: 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; and
Discovery Air Technical Services, which provides a range of
maintenance, repair and overhaul solutions to customers from its Quebec
City location. The Company's Northern Services segment includes three
subsidiaries: 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; and Discovery
Mining Services, which constructs and rents all-weather exploration
camps and provides expediting and logistics support services.
CAUTION REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
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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.
For further information:
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Rolf S. Dawson
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