Kuwait Ministry of Health will operate first HEMS Bell 429s in Middle East

The Ministry of Health in Kuwait will operate the first two Bell 429s configured for Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) in the Middle East.

The Ministry of Health will be contracting the EMS Bell 429 through Al-Safwa Security and Defense Systems Company, with an expected delivery time of April 2015.

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“This organization has been able to assemble this complex life-saving program in just a short amount of time, and we are honored to be involved in such an undertaking,” said Steve Suttles, vice president and director of Middle East and African sales. “The Bell 429 will provide the advanced support and exceptional performance they need during these demanding missions.”

The Ministry currently operates two Bell 430s to complete their helicopter emergency medical services requirements.

“We chose the Bell 429 because it is the best platform for HEMS operations in the Middle East, offering a large cabin with a fully flat floor providing the ability to quickly change the cabin configuration,” said Ali Al-Fodari, managing director of Al-Safwa. “As a pilot and as a person who wants to operate only the best equipment for the job, I am excited to upgrade our fleet with the highly advanced capabilities of the Bell 429.”

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: terry@corporatejetinvestor.com or follow him on twitter @Terry_Spruce

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