Bell 407GX to help with Middle East humanitarian efforts


(left to right): Adam Cuquet, Saif Al-Hamawendy, Gen (Ret) Saud Al-Anzi, Fouad Bardawil, Naji Assaf, Steve Loftis, Richard Soulberg, Fred Hees, CEO of BBM Inc., Steve Suttles, John Garrison, president & CEO of Bell Helicopter, Amer Smailbegovic, Philip Bardawil, Patrick Moulay

Bell Helicopter has delivered 16 Bell 407GX helicopters to BBM Inc in Reno, Nevada.

The helicopters will be operated in the Middle East, and configured to suit a changing variety of urgent mission profiles, ranging from casualty evacuation (CASEVAC) to reconnaissance.

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The aircraft were presented to Fred Hees, CEO of BBM Inc., in a formal signing ceremony at IDEX 2015.

Hees said: “With this agreement, BBM Inc. is able to spearhead efforts to support a wide variety of mission profiles. BBM Inc. is honoured, through this purchase of a Bell 407GX aircraft, to be able to support our customers’ safety and security needs in the region.”

Steve Suttles, vice president and managing director of sales in the Middle East and Africa said: “The Bell 407GX aircraft is an ideal solution for the extreme operating environments and demanding mission profiles presented before us. We are delighted BBM Inc. has selected these aircraft to make a positive impact on the Middle East and anticipate many more entering the region.”

“We chose the Bell 407GX because of its advanced features, unprecedented reliability and performance capabilities in the extreme operating conditions of the Middle East,” added Hees. “Bell helicopters have a proven performance track on all continents of the world and have been noted as some of the longest-serving workhorses of the industry. Generations have grown to depend on Bell to deliver them what they need most in places where other aircraft could not.”

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