14-Sep-2012 Source: Bell
Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), continues to increase its sales and customer support activities in Europe delivering seven aircraft and signing nine contracts within the last three months, as well as launching Bell 407GX and Bell 429 flight demonstration tours, and gaining EASA approval for a new customer support facility.
â€œBell Helicopter is and will continue to be a leader in the world of aviation and increasing our presence in Europe is vital to our success. It is an exciting time to be involved in aviation and to be a part of Bell Helicopter. We have high expectations for ourselves and the industry, particularly in the European market,â€ stated Danny Maldonado, Bell Helicopterâ€™s executive vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing.
Deliveries included three Bell 429s to Switzerland, Romania and Czech Republic as well as four 407GXs to Belgium, Denmark, Iceland and Germany. The 429 delivered to Switzerland was the first with EMS interior to be operated in Europe by one of the leading providers of air medical services, Air Zermatt.
With an increase in the demand for oil and gas, helicopter emergency medical services and parapublic aircraft, Bell Helicopter signed nine contracts with European customers in recent months â€“ including an agreement with the Turkish National Police for the purchase of 15 Bell 429s.
The Bell 429 and Bell 407GX have generated wide interest in Europe with their demonstration tours. This week the Bell 429 EMS demo aircraft is on static display at the ILA Berlin Air Show. The Bell 407GX, featured at Farnborough International Air Show, is currently touring the United Kingdom.
This year Bell Helicopter received EASA Part 145 maintenance, overhaul and repair certification for their joint facility with sister company, Cessna Aircraft Company, in Prague. The customer support and services center, also serving as Bell Helicopterâ€™s European headquarters for regional commercial sales, brings first-class support and maintenance to customers in Europe.
â€œOur relentless dedication to our European customers is driving our continued growth,â€ said Patrick Moulay, Bell Helicopterâ€™s managing director in Europe. â€œWe are successful because we have fantastic products adapted to the European market, like the 429, and the #1 ranked customer support and services team in the industry,â€ added Moulay.
Editor note – photo depicts the 407GX in Belgium