Bell Helicopter delivers first HEMS Bell 429 in UK


Wiltshire Air Ambulance Bell 429 (Credit: Bell Helicopter via Twitter)

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, will showcase Wiltshire Air Ambulance Charitable Trust’s (WAACT) Bell 429 at Helitech International in Amsterdam from 14-16 October.

After delivery, the aircraft will become the first Bell 429 in the UK used for Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS).

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Patrick Moulay, vice president of European sales, says: “Our presence in Europe continues to expand with the addition of the first HEMS Bell 429 in the UK. We are proud that the dedicated individuals of Wiltshire Air Ambulance have put their trust in the Bell 429, and we are committed to help and support their operations with this advanced and spacious aircraft.”

Wiltshire Air Ambulance (WAACT) was established over 20 years ago. The organisation provides its air ambulance services 19 hours a day.

David Philpott, CEO of WAACT, adds: “We are very excited to begin performing life-saving missions in our new Bell 429. We have invested in our future with an aircraft that provides a high standard of safety and performance, and we have peace of mind knowing our patients are supported by an industry leading aircraft.”

Bell Helicopter is also celebrating the 40th anniversary of its Amsterdam supply centre, located at Schipol East Airport. The facility currently supports more than 200 customers from more than 55 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Rishi Malhotra, general manager of Bell Helicopter’s Amsterdam supply centre says: “We are proud to have served the European region and our diverse customer base for 40 years. We are continuing to invest in Europe to further develop our global customer service capabilities. We welcome our current and future customers to join us in celebrating our 40 years and look forward to 40 more.”