Arianespace has announced a contract with SES that will guarantee launch services for several of the company’s satellites. The agreement covers launches planned between 2009 and 2013. Jean-Yves Le Gall, Arianespace chairman and CEO, says: “This contract is a major event for us that confirms our strategic partnership, building upon a foundation of 26 launches performed for the SES family.

“It provides clear proof that Arianespace offers tailored services and solutions that respond to our customers’ needs. SES’s selection confirms that Arianespace, with our Ariane 5 and Soyuz launchers, sets the global standard in space transportation.”

Romain Bausch, chairman and CEO of SES, adds: “We are confident that with this innovative agreement in place, the continuous development and replacement of our global satellite fleet is ensured at competitive conditions for the foreseeable future.”

SES is a network of satellite operators. It operates mainly through SES Astra in Europe, SES Americom in North America and SES New Skies in Africa, South America, the Middle East and parts of Asia.

Source: Flight Daily News