Bell delivers three aircraft at JetExpo

Bell Helicopter has delivered three helicopters and more orders at the opening of JetExpo 2014 in Moscow.

Bell Helicopter delivered three helicopters to Russia and announced more orders at the opening of JetExpo 2014 business aviation show in Moscow this week.

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The company delivered a VIP-configured Bell 407GX and a Bell 429 to two private customers for corporate transportation. A Bell 407GX helicopter for emergency medical services (HEMS), operated by Helidrive, was also delivered to aid in medical transportation missions in the Saint-Petersburg and Leningrad region.

Bell Helicopter also announced two purchase agreements in the region for two Bell 407GXs to two private customers.

Patrick Moulay, Bell Helicopter’s managing director of Europe, said: “We have seen tremendous growth in both the Bell 407GX and the Bell 429 in Russia. These aircraft not only provide superior performance and trusted reliability, but they are also designed to support a variety of mission needs.”

Alexander Evdokimov, general director of Jet Transfer, says: “The Bell 407GX and Bell 429 are our best selling models in Russia and the Bell 429 is the most popular aircraft among all light twin engine helicopters in the country. We expect to continue to grow the Bell 429 fleet, especially for VIP/corporate missions as well as special operations, HEMS and air taxi services.”

Bell Helicopter also announced that the Bell 429 has been approved by the Aviation Register of Interstate Aviation Committee to operate with Wheeled Landing Gear (WLG) for missions that require ground taxi operations.

“The flexibility of the Bell 429WLG will be a great fit for our Russian customers,” added Moulay. “We have seen strong interest in this aircraft since we introduced it in late 2013 and look forward to expanding our growing Bell 429 fleet in Russia.”

The operator of the HEMS Bell 407GX, Helidrive is an Independent Representative offering services in helicopter sales, maintenance and helicopter charter.

“The Bell 407GX is a phenomenal aircraft,” said Dmitry Kozyrev, Head of HEMS projects at Helidrive. “The aircraft delivers a smooth ride and is spacious enough for easy patient loading and unloading.”

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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