Fort Erie-based Airbus Helicopters challenges B.C. air ambulance contract

Airbus Helicopters Canada Ltd. is contesting a $544.5 million contract that British Columbia awarded to Ascent Helicopters Ltd.

The Fort Erie-based company alleges that the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) showed favoritism towards its competitor’s Leonardo AW169 during the bidding process.

Airbus claims that PHSA’s selection of Ascent’s proposal, which involved using Leonardo AW169 helicopters, was unfair because their H145 helicopter model fulfills all the service requirements outlined in the request for proposals (RFP) issued by the British Columbia Emergency Health Services (BCEHS).

Airbus also submitted in its petition to the B.C. Supreme Court that the BCEHS and PHSA “unlawfully fettered their discretion in conducting the RFP” by preferring a helicopter model before even receiving proposals.

These allegations made by Airbus and have not been proven in court. The PHSA has not responded publicly to the legal dispute so far.

This story is still developing.

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