Africair orders three Bell helicopters

Africair has signed a letter of intent (LOI) for two Bell 525s and placed an order for a 407 GXP.

Africair will use the helicopters for multiple purposes including corporate VIP transport and oil and gas.

Steve Suttles, Bell Helicopter, vice president Middle East and Africa said: “The Bell 525 Relentless is proving to be very popular in the Middle East and Africa region with 23 letters of intent signed so far. We are excited that Africair, the Independent Representative for Bell Helicopter in 33 countries in Africa, has ordered these aircraft.  Africair has represented Bell Helicopter in Africa for over 35 years and has a unique understanding of Africa’s operating environments.  We are anticipating the first flight in a matter of weeks with deliveries planned to begin immediately following certification in early 2017.”

Jim Evans, CEO of Africair added: “We believe that the Bell 525 Relentless’ incredible performance and multi-mission capability will make it a huge success in Africa. We are also very excited about the performance upgrade on the Bell 407GXP, which takes this proven performer to an even higher level.  Both helicopters are destined to be best in class performers.”

Terry Spruce

Terry is Senior News Editor and writes for both Corporate Jet Investor and Helicopter Investor. He is also responsible for our helicopter guides. Terry has been an aviation enthusiast since the early 1970s. He is a lapsed Private Pilot and ex-Piper Cherokee owner. He has flown a number of light aircraft and is comfortable sitting in the co-pilot's seat or the back of any aircraft. Before moving to journalism he was a banker for 20 years. You can contact him at: terry@corporatejetinvestor.com or follow him on twitter @Terry_Spruce

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