Bell Helicopter Expanding Deliveries in Russia, UK, China, Switzerland
Bell Helicopter (Booth No. C9343) continued to expand its global presence last month with purchase agreements covering seven aircraft signed during Jet Expo 2013 in Moscow and a deal with Heli-Charter involving the first Bell 429 configured for air ambulance operations in the UK.
The seven helicopters sold during the Moscow show included five Bell 429s and two 407GXs in corporate configuration. Bell has delivered nine helicopters into Russia in recent months, including the first Bell 407GX ever operated in the country. In collaboration with Bell Helicopter’s Moscow-based independent representative, Jet Transfer, the Textron subsidiary displayed the Bell 429 in corporate configuration at the show.
In the UK, the deal with Heli-Charter came two days after the recently appointed Bell customer support facility and independent representative held a ceremony marking the grand opening of its new facility adjacent to Manston International Airport in Kent on September 21. At the ceremony, Heli-Charter signed a purchase agreement with Bell Helicopter for the first air ambulance-configured Bell 429 in the UK. Heli-Charter holds EASA maintenance approval for Bell 206 field maintenance and component overhaul. It is the only facility in the UK approved by EASA to perform Bell 429 field maintenance.
In further company news, in late September at the Helitech International show Bell announced that China-based Reignwood Investment signed a purchase agreement for 10 Bell 407s and two 429s. Avincis and Bell also signed an agreement for up to 20 Bell 429, 412 and 412EPI models. Also in late September, the OEM delivered the first 407GX in Switzerland to Alpinlift Helikopter and the first VIP-configured 429 in the UK to TJ Morris.