Bell 407 Worldwide Fleet of 605, Has Logged in Excess of 1,170,000

October 12, 2004

Reinforces Durability, Reliability and Credibility
Two Lead The Fleet 407s Reach and Surpass 10,000-Hour Mark

NBAA - Las Vegas, NV - October 12, 2004 - The Bell 407 fleet, numbering 605 aircraft worldwide, surpassed 1,170,000-flight hours as of Oct 1, 2004. Included in that number are two of the first Bell 407 aircraft to go into operation which exceeded the 10,000-hour mark. With many improvements already completed and more to come the Bell 407 has found tremendous acceptance from operators around the world.

The FAA certified the Model 407 for flight in February 1996 and deliveries began soon thereafter. Today there are 605 delivered Model 407's operating in 41 countries. Bell 407s fly several different missions for various customers: corporate businesses, EMS operators, law enforcement agencies, and utility industry leaders.

The 407 was able to reach these high flight hour time in less than nine years due to its reliability, quick acceptance and sales in the market place. More than half the total time was flown in the last three years of the 407's seven-year life to date.

Orders for the 407 have continued to rise with 2004 available aircraft almost sold out. The 407 has also found acceptance with Federal Law Enforcement agencies with an order recently place by the Drug Enforcement Agency.

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