26-Nov-2014 Source: Bell
Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today the delivery of the 50th Bell 429 in Europe to an operator in the United Kingdom. The aircraft will be used to accomplish corporate/VIP transport across the region. [Ed:- see our analysis below by country]
“The Bell 429 offers customers exceptional performance and a smooth, comfortable ride, and these capabilities are quickly being realized in the region,” said Patrick Moulay, vice president of European sales. “This milestone delivery demonstrates the great success we have seen in Europe with the Bell 429, and we look forward to growing our global and regional fleet even further in the years to come.“
The Bell 429 currently operates in every commercial mission in Europe, and provides invaluable support for operators such as, Turkish National Police, National Grid and Air Zermatt.
“The Bell 429 has been successfully performing key operations across all of our mission segments in the region, and has truly showcased its versatility as it continues to take on new missions all over Europe” added Moulay. “The corporate configuration has proven to be the most sought-after choice, making up nearly 35 percent of the Bell 429’s customer base in Europe.”
The Bell 429 is one of the most advanced light twin helicopters ever developed, delivering exceptional speed, range and hover performance, and enhanced safety margins with a fully-integrated glass cockpit, advanced drive system and best-in-class WAAS navigation and IFR capability. The Bell 429 has more cabin space than any other light twin helicopter with flat flooring and seating for seven passengers and one flight crew. Wide 60” side doors and optional rear clam-shell doors provide quick and easy access for flight officers when every second counts. Other safety features include a collective mounted throttle, damage tolerant hub and rotor system, and energy attenuating seats.
Editor note – We have analysed our records here and 74% of these 50 429s are in countries which many people would not class as “Europe” – specifically Turkey (geographically almost entirely in Asia, but sometimes classed as “Middle East”) while Ukraine and Russia are normally classed as “CIS”. By many people’s definition of Europe, Bell have delivered 13 429s into the region as follows:- Five in UK, two each in Switzerland and Slovakia and one each in Cyprus, France, Sweden and Romania. The other countries in their total are Ukraine (4), Russia (11) and Turkey (22)