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Heli-One and China Southern Airlines Sign Letter of Intent December 11, 2018

December 11, 2018 - Heli-One, a leading provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce the signing of a Letter of Intent (LOI) with China Southern Airlines. This LOI signifies the beginning of a strategic agreement for a long-term cooperation between the two companies. China Southern Airlines will benefit from Heli-One's experience in providing comprehensive maintenance support to global operators. Heli-One will provide China Southern Airlines with helicopter component MRO and Design Engineering support.

This agreement will allow more diverse work for Heli-One’s shops and enhance maintenance coverage for China Southern Airlines’ fleet. With three facilities worldwide and a team of over 650 employees, Heli-One has the global coverage and personnel expertise to support China Southern Airlines’ component maintenance needs and more.

China Southern Airlines’ helicopter division is China Southern Airlines General Aviation (CSAGA). It was founded in 1980 and is China’s largest Sikorsky helicopter operator. The company has 10 operation bases across China and the fleet includes S-92, S-76, and Bell 407. CSAGA provides helicopter transport services for a variety of industries – primarily for offshore, but also for utility, forestry, SAR, photography, and general transportation.

Heli-One has been providing maintenance services for S-92 and S-76 aircraft for decades and has amassed a wealth of knowledge from component repair to Design Engineering. Heli-One is an Authorized Sikorsky S-76 Customer Support Center and an Authorized Gearbox Overhaul facility. Design engineers and technicians have developed hundreds of Major, Minor, and unique repairs across both platforms. Heli-One has provided support to China Southern Airlines in the past, including component repair & Overhaul and Design Engineering.

“We are excited to start this new chapter of our working relationship with China Southern Airlines. They are the aviation leader in the Chinese civilian market, and we are looking forward to supporting them in their growth. Our team is ready to support their maintenance needs and share our learnings with them,” said Eddie Lane, President, Heli-One.

Dec 11 2018 H1 China Southern LOI_presentation
(Pictured Left to Right: Peter Luo (Deputy GM of China Southern Maintenance Facility), Jean-Christian Brillant (Deputy Consul General and Senior Trade Commissioner, Consulate General of Canada), Brit McDermett (Director Global Sales, Heli-One), Lixin Xiao (CFO, China Southern Air Holding Company), Kevin Smith (Sales Director Asia Pacific, Heli-One), Daisy Wang (Vice President Procurement Management, China Southern Air Holding Company), Christina Tang (Representative of Great China), Marc Mikhael (Consul & Trade Commissioner, Consulate General of Canada)

About Heli-One

Heli-One is based in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, and has MRO operations in Richmond, Canada; Delta, Canada; Stavanger, Norway; and Rzeszow, Poland. Heli-One is the world’s largest independent helicopter MRO and hold certifications and expertise on a broad range of airframes and components from major helicopter and engine manufacturers, including Airbus, Sikorsky, Leonardo, Bell, Safran, Pratt & Whitney and General Electric.

Heli-One is a segment of CHC Helicopter, the operating company of CHC Group LLC.

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