First Bell 429 EMS in Europe


Air Zermatt of Switzerland takes delivery of first Bell 429 EMS in Europe. Bell Helicopter flew a 429 to the top of the Matterhorn to prove its capabilities.

Bell 429Bell Helicopter announced
the delivery of the first Bell 429 configured
for emergency medical services (EMS) in Europe to Air Zermatt in Switzerland.

“Air Zermatt’s
selection represents the culmination of efforts from a dedicated team at Air
Zermatt and Bell Helicopter,” said Danny Maldonado, executive vice
president of sales and marketing at Bell Helicopter. “This is a
significant milestone for the 429 and for Bell Helicopter. It reflects our
commitment to the European market and our dedication to providing the right
products for our customers.”

Air Zermatt is a major EMS
operator in Europe, regularly performing rescues in the extreme conditions of
the Alps. A flight demonstration on the top of
Matterhorn Mountain,
one of the highest peaks in the Alps, proved the Bell 429 could successfully complete the

“The European
helicopter industry has expressed tremendous interest in the 429. Our touring
EMS configured 429 demonstrator ship continues to receive positive feedback
from air medical operators,” said Patrick Moulay, managing director,
commercial business for Bell Helicopter in Europe.

“The delivery to Air
Zermatt demonstrates the breakthrough of the Bell 429 into the European market. This is a
very important endorsement for Bell Helicopter and we are honored that Air
Zermatt has placed its trust in us,” Moulay added.

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