MONTREAL , July 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - ExelTech Aerospace Inc.("ExelTech Aerospace", "ExelTech" or the "Company"), (TSX Venture: XLT),Canada's largest publicly-listed commercial aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul organization, today announced that it has signed a five-year contract to provide Bombardier CRJ regional jet maintenance services for Air Wisconsin.
Under the exclusive agreement, valued at up to $CDN 28 million, ExelTech will perform major maintenance, including structural inspections and repairs,in its CRJ Heavy Maintenance Facility at Montreal's Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport. The work will begin in November 2007 .
With a fleet of 70 Bombardier CRJ 200 aircraft, Appleton, WI-based Air Wisconsin is the largest privately-held regional airline in the United States .Founded in 1965, Air Wisconsin today operates as US Airways Express, carrying over five million passengers per year on nearly 500 departures per day to 69 cities in 26 states and two Canadian provinces.
"We awarded this contract to ExelTech Aerospace after conducting a thorough competitive review," stated Jim Rankin , President and CEO, AirWisconsin. "ExelTech stands out from its peers for the training, enthusiasm and commitment of its workforce. We are delighted that ExelTech will be our maintenance partner as our company grows in the years to come."
"We are proud to have been selected by Air Wisconsin," said Derek Nice ,President and CEO, ExelTech Aerospace. "The award of this contract is a clear endorsement by a leader in the US regional airline industry."
ExelTech entered the Bombardier CRJ MRO market in April 2005. In the two years since then, ExelTech's CRJ customer base has grown to include 11 airlines, leasing companies and service providers from throughout Canada, the US and Mexico.
About ExelTech Aerospace
The third-largest commercial airframe Maintenance, Repair, and overhaul(MRO) vendor in Canada, ExelTech Aerospace is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange and trades under the symbol XLT. The company holds Transport Canada, US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency(EASA) approvals to repair a wide range of aircraft, structures, components and electrical and electronic systems. Aircraft models serviced by ExelTech Aerospace include Bombardier CRJ and Embraer ERJ regional jets; ATR-42 and 72, Bombardier Dash-8 and Saab 340 regional turboprops; and Boeing narrow-body airliners.
With 230,000 square feet of hangar, shop and office space in three facilities at Montreal and Quebec City, and with marketing offices in the US and Europe, ExelTech Aerospace provides maintenance repair and overhaul services to airlines in Canada, the US and 22 other countries around the world.
To learn more about ExelTech Aerospace Inc. (TSX Venture: XLT), pleasevisit our website at www.exeltech-aerospace.com.
The TSX Venture Exchange Inc. has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the adequacy of this release.
SOURCE EXELTECH AEROSPACE INC.