First sale for Bell Helicopter Tokyo office

Bell Helicopter has sold a Bell 412EP to Nishi Nippon Airlines.

The sale is the first conducted through Bell Helicopter’s new office in Tokyo, Japan.

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Richard Thornley, managing director, Bell Helicopter Co., Ltd, said: “We are proud Nishi Nippon Airlines has continued to demonstrate its confidence in the performance and economics of a Bell helicopter to fulfill their missions. This sale, conducted through our new Japan regional office emphasizes the benefits of working closely with our local customers to address their specific requirements.”

Nishi Nippon Airlines was established in 1953 and began operating Bell helicopters in 1956 with a Bell 47G helicopter.

Their new Bell 412EP will perform electric power inspections and will be added to the company’s existing Bell Helicopter fleet of five aircraft, which includes another Bell 412EP, a Bell 429 and three Bell 427 aircraft.

Nobuo Tanoue, president, Nishi Nippon Airlines said: “We have been using Bell helicopters for a long time and recognize Bell aircraft’s superiority. The Bell 412EP has been our workhorse and we have appreciated its superior cargo sling capability for our goods and material transport missions. We are looking forward to taking the first delivery from the new Bell Helicopter Japan office, and we are confident that Bell will provide the industry’s best aftermarket support for years to come.”

The Bell 412EP is capable of carrying 13 passengers and two crew members.

Terry Spruce

Terry is Senior News Editor and writes for both Corporate Jet Investor and Helicopter Investor. He is also responsible for our helicopter guides. Terry has been an aviation enthusiast since the early 1970s. He is a lapsed Private Pilot and ex-Piper Cherokee owner. He has flown a number of light aircraft and is comfortable sitting in the co-pilot's seat or the back of any aircraft. Before moving to journalism he was a banker for 20 years. You can contact him at: or follow him on twitter @Terry_Spruce

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