Bell clinches Bell 505 sale to SECO International


Bell Textron has signed a purchase agreement for a Bell 505 helicopter with SECO International, which has been appointed the first dealer in Japan for the model.

SECO International operates a fleet of light helicopters and manages private owners’ aircraft with full operational support through its facility at Nagoya Airport, located on the Pacific coast in Honshu province.

The latest deal follows a letter of intent SECO International signed six years ago for  10 Bell 505s, all of which the OEM has delivered. Jose Jacinto Monge, Asia Pacific, Bell MD said: “We are honoured by the confidence that SECO International continues to show in the Bell 505 through the purchase of its 11th aircraft and by becoming the first Bell 505 dealer in Japan.” Monge looked forward to deepening the relationship with SECO International and providing support to its business with the Bell 505 in Japan. (Pictured are representatives of both companies)

Founded in 1983, charter and broker company SECO International, based at Nagoya, operates a fleet of light helicopters for sightseeing tours. They also manage private owners’ aircraft with full operational support at its Nagoya Airport.

The global Bell 505 fleet, now numbering about 300 aircraft, has logged more than 70,000 hours and is operational across six continents, according to the OEM. Bell delivered four Bell 505 helicopters in 2018 to the Japan Coast Guard, which uses the aircraft as its basic helicopter trainer.

Meanwhile, Bell delivered its 60th Bell 505 to Europe in April 2021.

The global Bell 505 fleet numbers about 300 aircraft and has logged more than 70,000 hours.