Discovery Air Technical Services Inc. Announces Award of SAAB340 AMO Certificate and New Contracts with Sky Bahamas and Transwest Air

Jan. 26, 2011
In addition DAT holds Transport Canada approvals for the DASH-8, ERJ 135/145 and Boeing 737 aircraft.

Sky Bahamas operates four SAAB 340A, and flies throughout the Bahamas and the Caribbean.  David Hvizdos, Director of Maintenance for Sky Bahamas said, "The DATS technicians are outstanding. Their knowledge, motivation, and problem solving skills have allowed us to maintain a challenging flight schedule. The experience was positive for Sky Bahamas and I would recommend Discovery Air Technical Services for your Saab 340 maintenance needs. Sky Bahamas plans to continue their use as the need arises."

With 48 various aircraft and helicopters, Transwest Air is Saskatchewan's largest and longest operating airline, providing scheduled passenger and freight service to Saskatoon, Prince Albert, La Ronge, Stony Rapids, Fond du Lac, Wollaston, Points North, and Fort McMurray, Alberta. Transwest Air also offers fixed wing and rotary wing charter services, and operates a float plane base in Lynn Lake, Manitoba.

"We are delighted that our Saab 340 heavy maintenance service has launched with two important customers like Sky Bahamas and Transwest Air,'' said Remy St-Martin, Vice President Commercial Services. "We're getting outstanding customer feedback regarding our employees' expertise and quality service orientation, and we are fully committed continuing to exceed our customers' expectations."

In addition to the Saab 340, Discovery Air Technical Services holds Transport Canada approvals for the DASH-8, ERJ 135/145 and Boeing 737 aircraft, and will soon add additional aircraft types. DATS' Quebec City maintenance facility provides a wide range of services including welding, avionics, engineering, machining, heat treatment, composite and sheet metal repairs.


Founded in 2004, Discovery Air Inc. is a specialty aviation services company operating across Canada and in select locations internationally. With over 140 aircraft, it is one of the largest air operators in Canada, employing 450 flight crew, maintainers and support staff to deliver a variety of air transport, maintenance and logistics solutions to a wide range of government, airline and business customers. The Company's Government Services segment includes two subsidiaries: Top Aces Inc., which delivers airborne training and special mission services to the Canadian military, and Hicks & Lawrence, a supplier of airborne fire management services to the Ontario government and charter services to government agencies and corporate customers. The Company's Northern Services segment includes three subsidiaries: Great Slave Helicopters, the second-largest VFR helicopter operator in the country; Air Tindi, a fixed-wing aircraft charter provider operating throughout Northern Canada; and Discovery Mining Services, which constructs and rents all-weather exploration camps and provides expediting and logistics support services. Discovery Air also provides a range of maintenance, repair and overhaul solutions to airline customers through Discovery Air Technical Services Inc., based in Quebec City.


Discovery Air's public communications may include written or oral forward-looking statements (as defined in applicable securities laws) regarding the future performance of the company and/or its subsidiaries. Forward-looking statements by definition are based on assumptions and are as a result subject to risks and uncertainties, including those identified in the Management's Discussion and Analysis section of Discovery Air's financial statements for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2010, available at As a result of such risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those discussed in forward-looking statements, and readers should not place undue reliance on such statements. Forward-looking statements represent expectations as of the date they are made, and Discovery Air disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements it may make, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required under applicable securities laws.

Discovery Air's shares and debentures trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (Symbols DA.A and DA.DB respectively).

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