Bell Helicopter yesterday announced that its six support and service subsidiaries have been integrated and rebranded to eliminate confusion and simplify customer buying choices. Customer service and support currently accounts for one-third of the company’s revenue. Bell CEO John Garrison said the move would make it easier for the company to offer customers integrated solutions throughout a helicopter’s lifecycle.
AINalerts » January 6, 2011
China’s Minsheng Financial Leasing has confirmed its intention to buy more long- and medium-range business aircraft, according to London-based attorney David Tang, who acts as its aviation consultant. The Beijing-based group had placed orders for 17 business jets as of the end of last year, and has already taken delivery of at least one–a Gulfstream G450–and is due to receive a further unspecified number of aircraft from the manufacturer.
The Firefly, Sikorsky’s first foray into electric-powered helicopters, is getting closer to its maiden flight, although the company has not publicly released a precise schedule. The modified S-300C, in which the piston engine has been replaced with an electric motor, was exhibited at EAA AirVenture last July, with hopes to fly by the end of last year.