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Donaldson Expands Global Aviation Services Alliance to Support More Aircraft, Ground Vehicles


MINNEAPOLIS, MN – April 22, 2013 – Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI), is expanding its strategic alliance with Bahrain-based Global Aviation Services to cover sales and support of filtration solutions for fixed-wing general aviation aircraft and military ground vehicles, as well as helicopters in key Middle Eastern markets.  

Under the expanded alliance, in addition to helicopter air filtration solutions, GAS will sell, distribute and support Donaldson’s line of filtration solutions for helicopter liquid and fuel systems. This includes air intake, fuel, hydraulic and lubrication systems for general aviation aircraft, and air intakes for military ground vehicles (including new installations and retrofits). GAS specialists will provide around-the-clock sales and full life-cycle support of Donaldson Aerospace & Defense military and commercial products in Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. The company’s resources include a bonded-status distribution depot at the Bahrain International Airport Free Zone.

“Donaldson’s advanced filtration technology helps customers throughout the world protect the ability of their platforms to perform critical missions while reducing their costs of ownership,” said Pierre Habran, Director Aerospace & Defense at Donaldson Europe. “Global Aviation Services’ demonstrated expertise and its strong presence in the Middle East will help us provide even greater support to customers in these key markets.”

“Our local presence in the Middle East will shorten the supply chain for Donaldson’s customers, and our team of dedicated multilingual, aviation specialists will help those customers benefit from both time and cost savings,” said John Smith, CEO of GAS. “We look forward to working with Donaldson in supporting its customers in the region.”

To learn more about the Donaldson Aerospace & Defense group, visit www.DonaldsonAerospace-Defense.com.

About Donaldson’s Aerospace & Defense Group

Donaldson’s Aerospace & Defense Group is a leading worldwide provider of filtration systems for the aerospace and defense industry. Our filtration solutions protect fixed-wing aircraft, rotorcraft, military ground vehicles, electronic equipment, space vehicles, missiles, military shipboard systems and amphibious vehicles. We are committed to advancing filtration technology and providing quality products and prompt customer service. Our group serves customers from sales, engineering and manufacturing locations around the world.

About Donaldson Company

Donaldson is a leading worldwide provider of filtration systems that improve people’s lives, enhance our Customers’ equipment performance and protect our environment. We are a technology-driven Company committed to satisfying our Customers’ needs for filtration solutions through innovative research and development, application expertise and global presence. Our approximately 12,800 employees contribute to the Company’s success by supporting our Customers at our more than 140 sales, manufacturing and distribution locations around the world.

Donaldson is a member of the S&P MidCap 400 and Russell 1000 indices, and our shares trade on the NYSE under the symbol DCI. Additional information is available at www.donaldson.com.

About Global Aviation Services

Global Aviation Services (GAS) is a privately owned company based in the Kingdom of Bahrain. GAS specializes in the supply and distribution of a wide range of aircraft and interior parts as well as components to the commercial aviation industry and for military and defense aircraft systems. As a supply chain solution provider, we offer total aircraft system sustainment solutions by combining our global network of world-class partners with products and services to add value to our customers business.

We provide our valued customers with professional and effective solutions of assured material availability and competent service, thereby reducing their total cost of inventory ownership while contributing to their increased fleet efficiency and overall operational readiness.

Our regional inventory constantly evolves and includes, but is not limited to, hardware and consumables, chemicals, lubricants, rotables and accessories. We at Global Aviation Services, view ourselves as "Your Link in Supply Chain Management."

GAS is an ISO 9001:2008 and AS/EN 9120 and a Trace quality certified company and a member of Aviation Suppliers Association.

For further information please see: http://www.globalaviations.com or contact mss@globalaviations.com.

Rod Radosevich (952) 703-4571    

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