Bell Helicopter announces sale of Bell 429s HEMS in the Middle East
Bell Helicopter signs a purchase agreement for the first two Bell 429s configured for helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) in the Middle East.
Bell Helicopter signed a purchase agreement for two Bell 429 HEMS equipped aircraft. The aircraft will be delivered in 2015 and will support medical rescue missions throughout the region.
Steve Suttles, Bell Helicopter managing director for the Middle East and Africa says: “We are excited to bring the Bell 429 to the Middle East for HEMS operations. In the past few years, EMS operators throughout the world have seen firsthand that the Bell 429 is the most modern light-twin helicopter available. In fact, of the nearly 200 Bell 429s operating worldwide, nearly 20 percent of them operate HEMS and parapublic missions.”
“In recent years, a range of key global customers, including the Swedish National Police, New York Police Department, Turkish National Police, Air Zermatt and Wiltshire Air Ambulance, have all chosen the Bell 429 as the best solution for their mission needs. We expect to continue to see strong growth as more and more customers see firsthand the amazing capabilities of this machine in action,” Suttles adds.
David Sale, Middle East regional sales manager for Bell Helicopter says: “The advanced situational awareness and performance of the Bell 429 will be key for operators in the region to complete missions in this region as safely and effectively as possible.”
“The total cost of ownership of the Bell 429 provides operators with value not only upon purchase, but also throughout the entire lifecycle of the aircraft. We are looking forward to increasing our HEMS capabilities throughout the Gulf Coast countries in the years to come as we continue to build momentum,” adds Sale.
At last week’s Farnborough International Airshow, Bell Helicopter displayed a Bell 429 alongside a Bell 407GX.