Bell Helicopter announces new Russian sales representative

Helidrive has become the first independent sales representative to be authorised by Bell Helicopter in northwest Russia. Bell Helicopter and Helidrive also announced recent purchase agreements for five aircraft – two Bell 429s and three Bell 407GXs.

“Russia is one of the fastest growing markets in the world and a key priority for Bell Helicopter. Because of Russia’s significance, we believe it is important to have locally-based representatives who can work directly with our customers in the market in which they fly,” said Danny Maldonado, Bell Helicopter’s executive vice president of sales and marketing. “We selected Helidrive based on their professional approach and new state-of-the-art facility. Helidrive provides a world-class experience and its strategic location in Saint Petersburg, near Pulkovo International Airport, enables easy access for our customers.”

“Bell Helicopter’s products are ideally suited for Russia’s harsh operating conditions,” said Ivan Yatsenko, general director and major shareholder at Helidrive. “As a leader in northwest Russia, our unique capabilities will enable Bell Helicopter to compete more aggressively in our growing market. We look forward to working with them.”

Aircraft purchase agreements were finalised during the past 90 days with deliveries expected in 2013. The aircraft will be flown for a combination of corporate/VIP and EMS missions in the Saint-Petersburg region of Russia.

Terry Spruce

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