Eurocopter CEO Visits Canada - Tours Expanded Facility

    FORT ERIE, ON, Feb. 26 /CNW Telbec/ - Dr. Lutz Bertling, President and
Chief Executive Officer of Eurocopter, is visiting Canada on February 26
and 27 to meet with customers and key industry officials in Toronto and tour
the company's expanded main facility in Fort Erie, Ontario.
    Dr. Bertling's visit to Canada follows his participation at the Heli-Expo
trade show in Houston, Texas, where Eurocopter unveiled its newest aircraft,
the EC 175 multi-purpose helicopter. On this occasion Dr. Bertling signed a
multi aircraft agreement with the Canadian EC 175 launch partner, operator VIH
Aviation Group. VIH is headquartered at the Victoria, BC International
    In Canada, Dr. Bertling will review the industrial ramp-up that is going
on at the company's Fort Erie operations, where composite components are
manufactured for the EC 135 and EC 145 medium twin engine helicopters.
Currently, there are 615 EC 135 and 154 EC 145 helicopters in service
    "I am pleased to visit Canada at such a pivotal point in the history of
Eurocopter," said Dr. Bertling. "Throughout this year, Eurocopter Canada will
be significantly expanding its operations in this country, from British
Columbia to Quebec. This expansion is the result of our growth in key
Canadians markets, as well as the important strategic role Canada is playing
in our long-term business plans within the worldwide Eurocopter Global Supply
    In addition to expanding its main facility in Fort Erie, Eurocopter
Canada is opening a new logistics facility in Richmond, British Columbia and
re-establishing its operations in Quebec. Eurocopter forecasts that it will
deliver its 500th helicopter in Canada within the next 12 months.
    "There is no question about it, 2008 is shaping up to be a milestone year
for Eurocopter Canada," said Marie-Agnès Vève, President and Chief Executive
Officer of Eurocopter Canada. "We look forward to expanding our presence in
the civilian and military helicopter markets in Canada, and contributing to
this country's advanced aerospace industry."

    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.

For further information:

For further information: Eurocopter Canada Limited: Laura SENECAL, (905)
871-7772, Fax: (905) 871-3599,; Eurocopter: Cécile
VION-LANCTUIT, + 33 (0)1 49 34 45 04, Mob: + 33 (0)6 72 83 90 67,; Eurocopter DeutschlandGmbH: Christina
GOTZHEIN, + 49 (0) 89 6000 64 88, Fax: + 49 (0) 89 6000 44 37,; Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH: Christopher
BACH Tel.: +49 (0) 906 71 45 65 Fax: +49 (0) 906 71 39 39,;

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