Bell Helicopter Sells 600th 407 Helicopter

March 14, 2004

HAI 2004 - Las Vegas, NV - March 14, 2004 - Bell Helicopter has secured a firm purchase order for its 600th Bell 407. The aircraft will be delivered in 2nd Quarter 2004 to a customer in South Africa. National Airways Corporation (NAC), Bell's sole representative in Southern Africa, secured the sale. The aircraft will be used for corporate transportation in the region.

 The Bell 407 is one of Bell Helicopters' most popular and reliable aircrafts it produces. The aircraft was certified by the FAA in February 1996, and deliveries began soon afterwards. The 407 has proven to be a great helicopter for customers in various industry segments including Corporate, Law Enforcement, EMS, and Utility. In November 2003, the existing 407 fleet logged one million flight hours. Operators fly Bell 407 helicopters in 41 countries around the world.

Rick Rosenjack, Sr. Vice President for Commercial Business Sales at Bell Helicopter, remarks "The Bell 407 is an exceptional aircraft and reaching this milestone stands as a testament to its reliability, performance, and popularity. It is an achievement we are extremely proud of and one we intend to build on."

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