Canadian Helicopters awarded $37M more work in Afghanistan

Canadian Helicopters awarded $37M more work in Afghanistan

4-Dec-2012 Source: US DoD

HNZ Group Inc. (TSX: HNZ.A, HNZ.B) (“HNZ Group”), an international provider of helicopter transportation and related support services, announced today that the United States Transportation Command (“USTRANSCOM”) has exercised its renewal option, subject to funding, to extend until November 30, 2013 the contract for work in Afghanistan previously announced on December 22, 2008 involving the movement of supplies and passengers for the U.S. Department of Defense. This contract involves the provision by HNZ Group of three fully crewed and supported Bell 212 medium category helicopters. The extension covers the period from December 1, 2012 to November 30, 2013 and is the last of the four one-year renewal periods originally contracted with USTRANSCOM.

As previously disclosed, the contract is denominated in U.S. dollars and is comprised of a fixed monthly rate and variable hourly revenue components. Total revenue to HNZ Group for the renewal period is expected to be similar to anticipated revenue previously announced at the time of signing and revenue earned in previous years under the contract, assuming that expected hours are flown.

HNZ Group is an international provider of helicopter transportation and related support services with operations in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Afghanistan, Antarctica and southeast Asia. HNZ Group operates in excess of 130 helicopters in support of a range of multinational companies and government agencies, including onshore and offshore oil & gas,mineral exploration,military support, hydro/utilities, forest management, construction, air ambulance and search & rescue. In addition to charter services, HNZ Group provides flight training and third party repair and maintenance services. HNZ Group is headquartered near Montreal, Quebec and employs approximately 800 personnel from 35 locations around the world.

and this statement from US DoD

Canadian Commercial Corp., / Canadian Helicopters Ltd., Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, is being awarded a $37,103,792 option year modification for rotary wing aircraft, personnel, equipment, tools, material, maintenance and supervision necessary to perform passenger and cargo air transportation services.  Work will be performed in Afghanistan, and the option will start Dec. 1, 2012, to be completed by Nov. 30, 2013.  Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  This contract was a competitive acquisition.  The contracting activity in U.S. Transportation Command Directorate of Acquisition, Scott Air Force Base, Ill., (HTC711-09-D-0022).

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