Eurocopter Announces Sale of 500th Helicopter In Canada

    FORT ERIE, ON, July 14 /CNW/ - With the delivery of its AS355 NP aircraft
to Phoenix Heli-Flight, Eurocopter Canada introduced its 500th helicopter into
the Canadian marketplace - an event made more significant by the fact that the
AS355 NP aircraft offers new product technology.
    "Delivery of this particular helicopter is significant for our company,"
said Marie-Agnès Vève, president and chief executive officer of Eurocopter
Canada. "It confirms that we are a top provider of innovative, technologically
advanced aircraft in Canada."
    The AS 355 NP is the latest variant on Eurocopter's highly successful
family of AS355 N Ecureuil twin-engine helicopters, which have collectively
logged over three million flight hours to date. The new version of the
aircraft meets the demand customers worldwide have for corporate transport or
various utility missions.
    The upgraded helicopter integrates proven technology from the
single-engine version of the aircraft - the AS350 - with improvements to the
twin-engine version. These improvements significantly reduce the operating and
maintenance costs for end users, making the AS 355 NP the best value for money
in its category.
    Specifically, the new electric oil cooling system for the AS355 NP engine
and main gearbox has been redesigned to ease maintenance requirements. The new
version also has Arrius 1A1 engines, which increase the one engine inoperative
power. And, the aircraft boasts a 20 per cent increase in payload. These
enhancements increase the time between engine overhauls, which lowers
operating and maintenance costs.
    "This model of helicopter was attractive because it has superior
performance and is more maintenance friendly," said Paul Spring, President and
Chief Executive Officer of Phoenix Heli-Flight. "As the premier supplier of
high performance - leading edge helicopters in Western Canada Phoenix
Heli-Flight has great respect for the Eurocopter product line. The fact that
Eurocopter continually upgrade their aircraft providing improved performance
for our customers is a real bonus to us."
    Based in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Phoenix Heli-Flight performs medevac,
wildfire suppression, survey and exploration, passenger and cargo transfer,
and other mission-specific rotary-wing work.
    Delivery of Eurocopter Canada's 500th helicopter comes as the company
expands across the country and prepares to celebrate its 25th anniversary in
2009. Eurocopter Canada is capitalizing on growth opportunities in the light
and medium civilian helicopter market.

    About Eurocopter Canada

    Eurocopter Canada Limited ( is a subsidiary of
Eurocopter. Eurocopter Canada - based in Fort Erie, Ontario - has a customer
support network that spans the entire country. Established in 1992, the
Franco-German-Spanish Eurocopter Group is a Division of EADS, a world leader
in aerospace, defense and related services. The Eurocopter Group employs
approximately 14,000 people. In 2007, Eurocopter confirmed its position as the
world's number one helicopter manufacturer in the civil and Para public
market, with a turnover exceeding 4 billion euros, orders for 802 new
helicopters, and a 53 percent market share in the civil and Para public
sectors. Overall, the group's products account for 30 per cent of the total
world helicopter fleet. Its strong worldwide presence is ensured by its 17
subsidiaries on five continents, along with a dense network of distributors,
certified agents and maintenance centers. More than 10,000 Eurocopter
helicopters are currently in service with over 2,800 customers in 140
countries. Eurocopter offers the largest range of commercial and military
helicopters in the world.

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For further information:

For further information: Laura SENECAL, Tel: (905) 871-7772, Mob: (905)
321-7738,, Eurocopter Canada Limited; Cécile
VION-LANCTUIT, Tel: + 33 (0)1 4934 4504, Mob:+ 33 (0)6 7283 9067,, Eurocopter; Christina GOTZHEIN, Tel: + 49
(0) 89 6000 64 88, Fax: + 49 (0) 89 6000 44 37,, Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH; Pek-Kee SUM,
Tel: +33 (0)4 4285 1713, Mob:+ 33 (0)6 2882 1206,,
Eurocopter; Website:

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