ExelTech Aerospace announces global services agreement with Air Creebec

    Quebec-based regional airline expands and renews line and heavy
    maintenance support contract valued at CAN$15 million over five years

    MONTREAL, Jan. 16 /CNW Telbec/ - ExelTech Aerospace Inc. ("ExelTech
Aerospace", "ExelTech" or the "Company"), (TSX Venture: XLT), Canada's largest
publicly-listed commercial aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul
organization, today announced that it has expanded and renewed its contract to
provide line maintenance and heavy maintenance services for Val d'Or,
Quebec-based Air Creebec.
    Air Creebec operates four Bombardier Dash 8 regional turboprops from a
hub in Montreal and three more from an operating base in Timmins, Ontario.
Under this exclusive agreement, estimated at CAN$15 million, ExelTech will
provide line support, including overnight maintenance, field repairs and
logistics for Air Creebec's Montreal-based Dash 8 fleet and major maintenance,
including structural inspections, repairs and modifications for all of Air
Creebec's Dash 8s.
    Air Creebec is increasing the level of line support it is contracting
from ExelTech, becoming the Company's anchor customer in its Montreal line
maintenance facility. The Company will provide major maintenance at its Quebec
City Dash 8 heavy maintenance facility.
    "Air Creebec and ExelTech have been growing together in the six years
since we signed our first contract with them, said David Bertrand, Director
General, Air Creebec. "We have been very pleased with the support the ExelTech
team has given us. They are clearly committed to meeting our needs, and we are
therefore delighted to be expanding the scope of our relationship and renewing
it for a further five years."
    Air Creebec fulfills a vital role flying into remote communities in
northern Quebec, often providing the only transportation link available to the
people living there. This means high reliability is essential, despite the
extremes of weather found on the airline's network.
    "The expansion of this contract is a testimonial to the hard work by a
very dedicated maintenance, planning and logistics team," said Martin
Laplante, ExelTech's Manager of Line Maintenance. "We enjoy working with the
airline professionals at Air Creebec, and we are pleased to be meeting their
very demanding requirements."

    About Air Creebec Inc.

    Owned and funded by the Cree Development Corporation, which invested
proceeds from the James Bay land settlement, Val d'Or-based Air Creebec's
mission is to support the development and self-sufficiency of the Cree nation
by providing safe, reliable and efficient air transportation within and to and
from the region the Cree know as Eeyou Istchee.
    Today Air Creebec provides scheduled airline service, air ambulance and
passenger and cargo charters utilizing a fleet of 17 aircraft, including seven
Dash 8s.

    About ExelTech Aerospace

    One of the ten largest commercial airframe MRO vendors in North America,
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), European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Latin
American Civil Aviation Commission (LCAC) 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; ATR-42 and 72; Bombardier Dash-8 and Saab 340 regional
turboprops; and Boeing 737 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 22 other countries around the
    To learn more about ExelTech Aerospace Inc. (TSX Venture: XLT), please
visit our website at www.exeltech-aerospace.com.

    The TSX Venture Exchange Inc. has not reviewed and does not accept
    responsibility for the adequacy of this release.
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For further information:

For further information: Donald Kamenz, V.P. Sales and Marketing,
ExelTech Aerospace, (514) 631-5114, dkamenz@exeltech-aerospace.com; Dave
Bertrand, Director General, Air Creebec Inc., (819) 825-8355,

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