Bell delivers two HEMS Bell 429s from Prague facility

Bell Helicopter delivers two Bell 429 helicopters in Turkey from the Prague customisation facility.
Bell 429

Bell 429.

Bell’s facility in Prague, Czech Republic delivered two Bell 429s helicopters to Saran Aviation in Turkey, which were fitted as HEMS aircraft.

Based in Istanbul, Saran Aviation – a Saran Holding Group company – will fly the Bell 429s for helicopter emergency medical services.

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Kurt Akin, Saran’s aviation director, said: “It is a great step for both Saran and Bell Helicopter to have these two commercially registered Bell 429s flying HEMS missions in Turkey. We are honoured to serve the Minister of Health of Turkey, and even more so after we heard that we completed our very first mission in the Bell 429 carrying a one-day-old baby to the hospital.”

Patrick Moulay, Bell Helicopter’s managing director for Europe says: “The successful delivery of these aircraft is a testament to Bell Helicopter’s increasing global customisation capabilities. Our sales and marketing and engineering teams worked closely with teams in Canada, USA, and Prague to ensure timely customizing and delivery of the aircraft.”

HEMS services are provided in 17 regions across Turkey. Saran Aviation also provides helicopter transport services and aircraft sales as a Bell Helicopter independent representative.

Terry Spruce

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