Bell signs seven 505 purchase agreements with European customers


Bell Textron has signed purchase agreements for seven Bell 505 helicopters with European customers.

Two of the purchase agreements were signed by JB Investments, Poland’s longest-operating distributor of light aircraft.

Duncan Van De Velde, MD Europe, Bell said: “The Bell 505 has become a popular aircraft for European operators within the corporate and VIP markets due to its advanced avionics, customisable cabin, and versatility, which make it easy for a weekend getaway or quick business trip.”  Bell looked forward to adding more European customers to the Bell range, he added.

Magdalena Karska, board member JB Investments praised the 505’s versatility. “Thanks to unique capabilities in its class, we see great potential for the Bell 505 model to be operated not only by corporate but also governmental customers in Poland,” she said.

More than 360 Bell 505s operate worldwide, with 65 located in Europe. The manufacturer said the helicopter’s design, cost-competitiveness engine, maneuverability and customisation options made the aircraft “the ideal vehicle for private and tourism purposes”. It can also be configured for public missions of organisations looking for enhancement of their transport, surveillance and secure services, it added.

Meanwhile, since making its debut at the Paris Air Show in June 2013, the Bell Textron 505 global fleet has logged more than 100,000 flight hours.


Top: Pictured celebrating the signing are (L to R) Simona Sirancova, regional sales manager, Bell, Magdalena Karska, board member, JB Investments and Duncan Van De Velde, MD, Bell. Above: More than 360 Bell 505s operate worldwide, with 65 located in Europe. The global fleet of Bell 505 aircraft has now logged well over 100,000 flight hours.