Bell Helicopter signs deal at Monaco Yacht Show

Saran becomes the first Turkish client to order a Bell 407GX helicopter.
A Bell 407GX helicopter flying over a city.

A Bell 407GX helicopter flying over a city.

Bell Helicopter signed a purchase agreement with Saran for the first Bell 407GX helicopter in Turkey at the Monaco Yacht Show.

“As the Turkish helicopter market continues to grow by leaps and bounds, our partnership with Bell Helicopter will enable us to best respond to the needs of the marketplace. We will continue to invest in Bell aircraft, as well as the exceptional rotorcraft services and operations our customers have come to expect from us,” said Kurt Akin, Saran’s coordinator, special operations.

Based in Istanbul, Saran Aviation, a Saran Holding Group company, will use the Bell 407GX for corporate transport.

“The sale of the first Bell 407GX in Turkey represents the continued growth of Bell Helicopter’s commercial business in Europe across all segments. We have significantly expanded our presence in Turkey with the sale of more than 24 aircraft in the last two years,” said Patrick Moulay, Bell Helicopter’s managing director in Europe. “We are very pleased that Saran continues to place their trust in Bell Helicopter.”

Bell displayed a VIP-configured Bell 429 helicopter aboard a superyacht at the Monaco Yacht Show held from 25-28 September 2013.

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: or follow him on twitter @Terry_Spruce

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