Bell Helicopter signs first Bell 429 air ambulance in the UK

The agreement was signed at the grand opening of a new customer support facility at Manston International Airport in UK.
Bell Helicopter authorised service facility at Manston in UK

Bell Helicopter authorised service facility at Manston in UK

Bell Helicopter has signed an agreement for the first Bell 429 air ambulance in UK with Heli-Charter. The recently appointed Bell Helicopter customer support facility and independent representative held the grand opening of its new facility adjacent to Manston International Airport in Kent.

“This agreement is a prime example of how the Bell 429 is setting the standard for the helicopter air ambulance segment in Europe,” said Patrick Moulay, Bell Helicopter’s managing director in Europe. “We are very proud to be part of the life-saving operations performed by the dedicated men and women in this field.”

It was announced at the opening ceremony that Heli-Charter has been appointed as a Bell Helicopter authorised customer support facility (CSF). Heli-Charter holds European Aviation Safety Authority (EASA) maintenance approval for Bell 206 field maintenance and component overhaul and is the only facility in the United Kingdom approved by EASA to perform Bell 429 field maintenance.

“The addition of Heli-Charter to our CSF network strengthens our ability to offer our regional customers a Bell Helicopter-approved support solution. As Bell Helicopter continues to expand its commercial customer base in Europe, we will also work to ensure they have access to the aftermarket service and support offerings that differentiate Bell Helicopter in the market,” said Eric Cardinali, executive vice president, customer support and services, Bell Helicopter.

Terry Spruce

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