Eurocopter Canada Expands Richmond, B.C. Facility

    RICHMOND, BC, Oct. 8 /CNW/ - Eurocopter Canada today held an opening
ceremony for its newly expanded customer service facility in Richmond, British
Columbia; the ceremony was presided over by Mr. Pierre MacDonald, Eurocopter
Canada Chairman of the Board. The expansion is part of the company's plans for
growth in the BC market and its commitment to customer service in the region
and across the country.
    "As a Eurocopter Canada customer we are thrilled to be part of today's
announcement," said Ken Norie, President, VIH Helicopters Ltd. "It reinforces
what we already know about Eurocopter: the company delivers great machines
with the latest technology and is committed to servicing its customers after
the sale."
    The new facility - which has grown to over 11,700 square feet - will
support the company's sales efforts for its rapidly expanding business in BC,
provide technical support, and serve as logistics and spare parts distribution
centre for all Canadian customers. Eurocopter Canada delivered their 500th
aircraft earlier this year to Phoenix Heli-Flight.
    "British Columbia is an important market for us and we are seeing
tremendous growth opportunities in economic sectors such as the offshore oil
and natural gas industry, mining, forestry, law enforcement and tourism," said
Marie-Agnès Vève, president and chief executive officer of Eurocopter Canada.
"We look forward to expanding our presence in BC and continuing to build
relationships with customers such as VIH. This increased and closer support
will continue to be paramount to our success in this region and across
    Eurocopter Canada is a subsidiary of the Eurocopter Group, which is at
the forefront of environmental protection and manufacturers of the quietest
helicopters in the world in their respective classes. The EC120, EC130 and
EC135 aircraft - with their patented Fenestron anti-torque device - are the
industry standard for reduction of noise pollution. Eurocopter Group is also
striving to reduce gas emissions by lightening its aircraft and demanding more
efficient engines from suppliers. Eurocopter is an active participant in
several environmental initiatives, including "Friendcopter", "Clean Sky" and
is involved with industrial environmental protection through programs such as
"REACH" and standards such as "ISO14001."

    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. Website:

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