AIAC Pacific Congratulates B.C.’s Heli-One on Securing Significant International ContractsApril 26, 2016
Vancouver, B.C. – The Aerospace Industries Association of Canada, Pacific Division (AIAC Pacific), today congratulated Delta, B.C.-based Heli-One on securing a US$8 million contract to refurbish two helicopters for His Majesty, the Sultan of Johor. Johor is located in the south of peninsular Malaysia adjacent to Singapore, and is the countries third largest contributor to GDP. Yesterday’s announcement represents Heli-One’s second Malaysian contract signing this month – the other being an agreement to upgrade the S-61 helicopter fleet for the Royal Malaysia Air Force in partnership with AIROD, Malaysia’s leading aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul facility.
The contract involves installing new glass cockpits in two Sikorsky S-76 helicopters owned by His Majesty. The contract was concluded during the Sultan’s recent visit to B.C., which included tours of a number of world-class B.C. aerospace facilities. Heli-One is headquartered in Delta, B.C. where the company operates out of a 200,000 sq. ft. facility and employs approximately 250 people.
“Heli-One’s contracts with the Royal Malaysia Air Force and the Sultan of Johor speaks to the world-class aerospace capabilities that exist in British Columbia and are proof that B.C.’s aerospace industry can win business anywhere in the world,” said AIAC President and CEO, Jim Quick. “This announcement is further proof that together with the provincial government, AIAC Pacific is on the right track to developing new aerospace capacity and capability in B.C.”
AIAC is the national association representing Canada’s aerospace manufacturing and services sector. As the world’s fifth-largest aerospace industry, Canada’s aerospace sector contributes nearly $28B to the economy in GDP, exports 80% of its output, and dedicates over 20% of its activity to research and development (R&D). Aerospace is responsible for the employment of 172,000 Canadians. AIAC represents the interests of over 700 aerospace companies across Canada.
About AIAC Pacific:
In early 2014, AIAC created AIAC Pacific with a mandate to promote and develop aerospace business in B.C. by acting as an advocate and facilitator for its members with industry and government. AIAC Pacific speaks with a cohesive voice for the industry; it provides access for B.C. companies to national and international programs; and aims to develop a strong relationship with the provincial government. AIAC Pacific has a unique relationship with AIAC in that it is the only provincial entity managed by the AIAC. Through this relationship, AIAC Pacific is able to leverage participation in national and international programs designed to enhance business development, investment and global competitiveness.
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