Government awards one-year contract for maintenance of Canadian Forces’ Airbus fleet

Statement / May 28, 2012 / Project number: NR - 12.101

OTTAWA – The Government of Canada has awarded a one-year contract for the maintenance of the Canadian Forces' fleet of five CC-150 Polaris (Airbus) aircraft to a Mirabel-based company, L-3 MAS (Military Aviation Services) following a competitive selection process.

The previous contractor, Aveos Fleet Performance Inc., a company that had provided maintenance for the CC-150 Polaris aircraft at 8 Wing Trenton from December 2, 1992, shut down on April 30, 2012.

Due to urgency, and to provide for continuous support for the Polaris fleet, contractual arrangements were made to continue to engage the former Aveos and Air Canada employees who had been working on the Airbus at 8 Wing Trenton.  Shortly thereafter, Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) issued a Request for Proposals to industry for a 10- to 12-month contract to support the CC-150 Polaris fleet until a longer-term solution could be put in place.

Under the contract, L-3 MAS will serve as the prime contractor for maintaining the fleet, and will provide the day-to-day maintenance of the aircraft at 8 Wing Trenton. Avianor Inc., as a subcontractor to L3-MAS, will provide heavy maintenance for the fleet at the company's facilities in Mirabel, Que. The contract has a value of up to CAN$25 million for a period of 10 months. There are also six extension options of one month each.

The CC-150 Polaris is a multi-purpose, twin-engine, long-range jet aircraft that is used for passenger, freight or medical transport, and VVIP transport. Two of the aircraft are also configured for strategic air-to-air refueling. 

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