Bell sells first 412EPI in Europe


Bell and Czech Police signing.

Bell Helicopter has sold a Bell 412EPI to the Czech Police.

The helicopter, the first in Europe, will be used for search and rescue missions. It is expected to be delivered by the end of the year.

Tomas Hytych, director of the Czech Police Aviation Department said: “The Bell 412 EPI is one of the most reliable, rugged and versatile helicopters on the market.”

“The Bell 412 EPI is one of the most reliable, rugged and versatile helicopters on the market.”

“The new EPI state-of-the-art technology combined with the affordable total cost of ownership, made the Bell 412 the obvious choice to accomplish our search and rescue missions. Bell Helicopter’s customer service reputation and easy access to a Bell Helicopter customer service center in Prague also played an important role in our decision making,” added Hytych.

The Czech Police have been a long term Bell Helicopter customer, operating variants of the Bell 412 for over 20 years.

Patrick Moulay, vice president of global sales and marketing at Bell Helicopter said: “Bell Helicopter has remained committed to the region and rooted in the Czech Republic with the opening of our Bell Helicopter Prague European customisation, completion and delivery centre last year.”

“We are thrilled to have been chosen by the Czech Police and believe in giving customers close access to employees that understand the operating environment and the needs of the customer. The Bell Helicopter employees based in Prague have greatly contributed to increasing our European presence and successes during the past year. With over 380 operators, 700 aircraft, 15 customer service facilities in 13 countries and a growing sales force, Bell Helicopter is yielding strong results in Europe. The quality of our customer service is a key differentiator for Bell Helicopter and is key to our clients such as the Czech Police,” Moulay added.