Bell Helicopter sells three aircraft at MEBA

Bell Helicopter announced the sale of three aircraft at the MEBA show in Dubai. The company have sold a Bell 429 and an order for two Bell 505 Jet Ranger X to Wallan Aviation of Saudi Arabia, an aircraft operator and authorised Independent representative.

The Bell 429 will be configured for general/utility missions and has an expected delivery date of March 2015. The Bell 505 aircraft will be used for training and corporate transport missions.

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Saad Wallan, chairman of Wallan Aviation says: “With this agreement, I feel Wallan Aviation is making an investment in the future of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. There is a need for vertical lift in the Kingdom, for tasks such as traffic control, border protection, training and VIP transport. We want to be able to provide the ideal solution.”

“Bell Helicopter makes excellent products, backed by award-winning customer support, and we are honored to represent the company. We chose the Bell 429 because of its advanced features and performance capabilities in the hot conditions of the Middle East. Meanwhile, the new Bell 505 Jet Ranger X provides true multi-mission capability in extreme environments at a very competitive price,” adds Wallan.

Steve Suttles, managing director and vice president of Middle East and African sales for Bell Helicopter says: “There is considerable customer interest in the Middle East for the Bell 429 and Bell 505, and MEBA gives the region a chance to see these aircraft up close. We are delighted Wallan Aviation has selected these versatile helicopters and anticipate many more customer enquiries in the region.”

Bell released a video of the first flight of the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X

Terry Spruce

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