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September 24 to 27, 2008 _ Monaco Yacht Show

For the sixth year running, Eurocopter took part in the Monaco Yacht Show with an EC130 B4 on board the yacht Lady Christine and an EC155 B1 operated by Heli Air Monaco at Monaco Heliport. More and more owners are buying helicopters for their luxury yachts, and Eurocopter is providing first-rate support to the yacht industry and the corporate & private aviation market. This market alone accounted for more than 20% of the 802 helicopters sold by Eurocopter in 2007.

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September 17 to 21, 2008 _ Africa Aerospace and Defence

During Africa Aerospace and Defence 2008, Eurocopter Southern Africa Ltd. (ESAL) inaugurated its maintenance and service center in Cape Town. The company has been set up to meet the needs of the increasing number of customers in Southern Africa. “This investment demonstrates ESAL’s determination to provide high quality services to our customers, and emphasizes our long-term commitment to the region,” declared Fabrice Cagnat, president and CEO of Eurocopter Southern Africa Ltd. ESAL also organized a law enforcement seminar where issues such as the most recent technology and equipment available on the market, the intrinsic needs of law enforcement operations, as well as training and maintenance procedures were discussed.

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August 14 to 16, 2008 _ LABACE

During LABACE 2008, Helibras— Eurocopter’s subsidiary in Brazil—signed contracts worth a total of almost 15 million dollars and announced the sale of the first two EC145s in Brazil. The aircraft, which will be operated in the corporate segment, are to be delivered in August 2009 and September 2010 and will be based in São Paulo. In related events, Helibras also signed other important contracts. Helisul Táxi Aéreo, one of the biggest air transport companies in Brazil, ordered two AS350 B2 Ecureuils and two EC130 B4s, which will increase the number of helicopters operated by this company to thirty. Eurocopter helicopters make up 53% of the fleet. The São Paulo-based Helimarte Táxi Aéreo also bought an AS350 B2 Ecureuil, which will increase this company’s fleet to nine aircraft: Four come from the Eurocopter range.