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Press Release

10/02/2002

Azerbaijan Airlines Orders 6 Helicopters From Eurocopter

Marignane, 02.10.2002

Azerbaijan Airlines Orders 6 Helicopters From Eurocopter

The Chief Executive Officer for Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL), Jahangir Askerov, and the Commercial Action Executive Vice President for the Eurocopter Group, Olivier Lambert, have just signed a contract for the purchase of two AS 332 L1 Super Puma helicopters and four EC 155 B1 helicopters. The French Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Renaud Muselier, also attended the signing ceremony held in Baku.

The role of these helicopters will be to shuttle workers to and from the oil rigs in the Caspian Sea, and to transport passengers.

The Super Puma and EC 155 B1 both underwent lengthy trials in "real life" operational conditions to validate their performances.

Deliveries will start in late 2003 and end in mid-2004.

The AZAL order clearly strengthens the reputation and the presence of Eurocopter in this part of the world.

The EC 155 B1 is the latest member of the Dauphin family. It features leading-edge technology, such as a 5-blade Spheriflex main rotor and a shrouded Fenestron tail rotor, and is extremely quiet with the lowest noise level in its category.

The AS 332 L1 Super Puma is a twin-engine, medium-sized helicopter that is ideal for offshore missions. Backed by its experience in offshore shuttle operations - particularly in the unforgiving conditions of the North Sea - the Super Puma stands out as the obvious choice for this type of work. In all, 144 customers in 55 countries have ordered 658 helicopters from the Super Puma family.

EADS is a global aerospace and defense leader, and the world's second largest in terms of revenues. EADS maintains a workforce of more than 100,000 and is a market leader in defense technologies, commercial aircraft, helicopters, space, military transport and combat aircraft, as well as related services. Its family of leading brands includes the commercial aircraft maker Airbus; Eurocopter, the world's largest helicopter manufacturer; Astrium, the space company and MBDA, the world's largest missile company. EADS is also the biggest partner in the Eurofighter consortium and heads the A400M military transport aircraft program. EADS has more than 70 facilities in France, Germany, Spain and the UK. It is active in markets around the world, including the US and Asia.

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