CHC Helicopter Corporation

CHC Helicopter Corporation

December 13, 2005 05:00 ET

CHC Awarded UK Search and Rescue Contract

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 13, 2007) - CHC Helicopter Corporation ("CHC") (TSX:FLY.SV.A)(TSX:FLY.MV.B)(NYSE:FLI) confirmed today it has been awarded a five-year contract by the United Kingdom Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) to provide commercial Search and Rescue helicopter services from four bases in the UK commencing July 1, 2007.

The aircraft to be deployed on the contract are the Sikorsky S-92 and the Agusta Bell AB139. CHC's European Operating Division will operate two S-92s at Stornoway, two S-92s at Sumburgh, two AB139s at Lee-on-Solent and one AB139 at Portland. The service will operate on a 24/7 basis at Sumburgh, Stornoway and Lee-on-Solent, and on a day-time basis at Portland, in line with current cover.

The introduction of new S-92 and AB139 aircraft will increase the Coastguard's operating range and speed. In addition a new range of technological equipment will be added to maximise effectiveness in search and rescue work.

CHC currently provides search and rescue and emergency helicopter services in Ireland, Africa, Australia and Norway. This new contract will further strengthen CHC's position as world leader in civilian offshore search and rescue helicopter services and enhance its reputation for providing expert, cost-effective alternatives to government-run Coast Guard services.

CHC Helicopter Corporation is the world's largest provider of helicopter services to the global offshore oil and gas industry, with aircraft operating in more than 30 countries around the world.

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