Bell Helicopter delivers four firefighting aircraft to China

Chongqing Fire Fighting Department in China receives four Bell helicopters.
Bell 412EPl flying

Bell 412EPl flying.

Bell Helicopter has sold two Bell 412EPI and two Bell 407GX aircraft to Chongqing General Aviation in China.

This contract marks the first Bell aircraft to be used in China for parapublic missions, including firefighting and search and rescue. The four aircraft are the first Bell Helicopters purchased by Chongqing General Aviation and will serve the Chongqing Fire Fighting Department.

“We are pleased to collaborate with Chongqing in their efforts to further their parapublic offerings,” said Chris Jaran, managing director for Bell Helicopter in China.

“We are honored to know Chongqing has chosen Bell Helicopter to support the Fire Protection Bureau to further their capabilities in firefighting and search and rescue and believe they have chosen two outstanding aircraft to fulfill their mission requirements,” Jaran added.

“The name Bell Helicopter is synonymous with quality, capability and support,” said Gong Wei, president of Chongqing Helicopter Investment and chairman of Chongqing General Aviation. “We needed aircraft with capabilities above and beyond what our existing fleet offers and we are certain Chongqing Fire Fighting Department will be eager to have these resources available for use.”

Terry Spruce

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