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Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) and Arianespace today announced the signature of a long-term multiple launch services agreement which guarantees launch capacity and flexibility to Eutelsat for its industry-leading expansion programme. The agreement covers up to four launches in the 2016 and 2017 timeframe, with the assignment of each satellite to a launch vehicle to be made at a later stage.
The new contract is in addition to the contract signed in
July 2012 between Eutelsat and Arianespace for the 2014 and 2015 timeframe, covering one launch and an option for a further launch.
Michel de Rosen, Eutelsat CEO, said:
"This latestcontractseals a 30-year relationship between Eutelsat and Arianespace during which over 60% of our satellites have been launched by an Ariane rocket.Itpaves the road for the futureby giving usflexibility andschedule assurancetosecureourdeployment planfor the five years to come. We are delighted to pursue ourlongstanding collaborationand are confidentthatwe cancount on Arianespace's total commitment toperformanceand precision."Jean-Yves Le Gall, Chairman and CEO of Arianespace added:
"We are proud to announce this new contract withEutelsat which comes immediately after our54thconsecutive successful Ariane 5 launch andonce again illustrates the confidence shown in our services by this major operator. We are all the more pleased with the long term scope of the agreement between our two companies that gives Eutelsat the guarantee of reliable access to space over the coming years. For Arianespace, this new contract is further endorsement of a strategy based on quality, reliability and total respect of our commitments."