CHC Helicopter Corporation

CHC Helicopter Corporation

July 26, 2005 09:30 ET

CHC Signs Agreement to Sell Its Investment in Spanish Helicopter Firm

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - July 26, 2005) - CHC Helicopter Corporation ("CHC") (TSX:FLY.SV.A)(TSX:FLY.MV.B)(NYSE:FLI) announced it has signed a Letter of Intent for the sale of its 37.8% shareholdings in Inaer, which operates light and medium aircraft primarily in the Spanish helicopter market. CHC acquired its shareholdings in Inaer as part of the 2004 acquisition of Schreiner Aviation Group.

The transaction, with proceeds estimated at CDN$45 million, is subject to several conditions including completion of satisfactory due diligence by the buyer and regulatory approval. As part of the transaction, CHC and Inaer will provide non-compete covenants in favour of each other for a period of three years. Inaer will agree not to provide helicopter services in regions where CHC operates and CHC will agree not to provide helicopter services in regions where Inaer operates.

The sale, if completed, will further strengthen CHC's focus on its core strategy as a leading provider of helicopter transportation services to the offshore oil and gas industry. Proceeds of the sale will be applied to debt reductions. The sale is expected to close in October.

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 worldwide.

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  • CHC Helicopter Corporation
    Jo Mark Zurel
    Senior Vice-President And Chief Financial Officer
    (604) 276-7500

    CHC Helicopter Corporation
    Chris Flanagan
    Director of Communications
    (604) 279-2493 or (604) 340-7659