MONTREAL, March 5 /CNW Telbec/ - ExelTech Aerospace Inc. ("ExelTech
Aerospace" or the "Company"), (TSX Venture: XLT), Canada's largest
publicly-listed commercial aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul
organization, today revealed that it has been contracted by Atlantic Southeast
Airlines ("ASA") to perform airframe and avionics modifications and structural
upgrades on 44 Bombardier CRJ-200 aircraft. This contract was previously
announced on February 7, 2007, although the customer was not disclosed at that
Under this agreement, the Montreal-based aircraft maintenance, repair and
overhaul company will perform avionics and structural modifications on the
aircraft at its Montreal Regional Jet Maintenance Facility at
Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport. The work will be performed over
the next 14 months.
"We are delighted that ASA is recognizing our commitment to quality and
customer service by entrusting us to meet the airline's tight schedule turn
times and quality requirements," said Derek Nice, President and CEO of
ExelTech Aerospace. "This additional business is a tribute to the hard work
and commitment made by the employees in our Regional Jet Maintenance Facility,
who have consistently met our commitments to ASA and other CRJ customers."
ASA has been a customer of ExelTech Aerospace for four years. This
Atlanta-based regional airline, operating as a Delta Connection carrier,
initially contracted the Company to perform heavy maintenance on the airline's
fleet of ATR 72 regional turboprop aircraft. In 2006 this relationship was
extended to include modifications and refurbishments on Bombardier CRJ
regional jet aircraft that ASA had leased from a major US-based leasing
company. This latest contract further extends the relationship to include
modification work on aircraft already in the ASA fleet.
"ExelTech Aerospace has a proven track record of providing ASA with the
level of quality, service and commitment that we demand," said Arlyn Moulder,
Director, Logistics and Procurement for ASA. "We're pleased to be extending
our relationship with them as we strive in every part of our business to
become the most trusted and respected regional airline."
ExelTech Aerospace CRJ customers include nine US and Canadian airlines,
leasing companies and service providers.
About Atlantic Southeast Airlines
A wholly-owned subsidiary of SkyWest Inc., Atlantic Southeast Airlines is
a leading member of the Delta Connection program. Based in Atlanta, the
airline operates more than 800 flights each day to 148 airports in 37 U.S.
states, the District of Columbia, Bahamas, Belize, Canada, Mexico and Turks
& Caicos. ASA operates a fleet of 157 aircraft and employs nearly 6,000
aviation professionals across its route system. Founded in 1979, ASA has
operated as a Delta Connection carrier since 1984.
About ExelTech Aerospace
The third-largest commercial airframe Maintenance, Repair, and overhaul
(MRO) vendor in Canada, ExelTech Aerospace is listed on the TSX Venture
Exchange and trades under the symbol XLT. The company holds Transport Canada,
US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency
(EASA) approvals to repair a wide range of aircraft, structures, components
and electrical and electronic systems. Aircraft models serviced by ExelTech
Aerospace include Bombardier CRJ and Embraer ERJ regional jets; ATR-42 and 72,
Bombardier Dash-8 and Saab 340 regional turboprops; and Boeing 737, 757 and
MD-80 narrow-body airliners.
With 230,000 square feet of hangar, shop and office space in three
facilities at Montreal and Quebec City, and with marketing offices in the US
and Europe, ExelTech Aerospace provides maintenance repair and overhaul
services to airlines in Canada, the US and 20 other countries around the
To learn more about ExelTech Aerospace Inc. (TSX Venture: XLT), please
visit our website at www.exeltech-aerospace.com.
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responsibility for the adequacy of this release.
For further information:
For further information: Elisabeth Preston, Vice President, Corporate
Affairs, ExelTech Aerospace, (613) 614-4884, firstname.lastname@example.org;
Kate Modolo, Director, Corporate Communications, Atlantic Southeast Airlines,
Inc., (404) 968-4100, email@example.com