ChevronTexaco Expands Bell 427 Fleet

February 05, 2005

HELI-EXPO 2005 - Anaheim, CA - February 5, 2005 - Bell officials announced today that ChevronTexaco has ordered a third 427 for its offshore fleet. Two 427s are currently used by ChevronTexaco and the third will be added later in 2005.

Operating a fleet of 30 helicopters, 21 of them Bell Helicopters, and one floatplane, CheveronTexaco began operations in 1950. The Bell aircraft in their fleet consists of 430s, 206Ls and 206Bs in addition to the 427s.

The 427 light twin offers great performance and flexibility for the offshore market. Capable of carrying seven people the twin engines offer both speed and safety.

Among some of the safety features are:

  • Composite hub & rotor system

  • Rollover bulkheads

  • Direct engine input to transmission

  • Energy attenuating seats (FAR/JAR 27)

  • FADEC for responsiveness

  • Engine exceedance monitoring & recording

  • Energy attenuating skid landing gear

Bell Helicopter Textron, a subsidiary of Textron Inc., is a $1.6 billion, leading producer of commercial and military helicopters, and the pioneer of the revolutionary tiltrotor aircraft. Globally recognized for customer service, innovation and superior quality, Bell's global workforce of over 7,500 employees serves customers flying Bell aircraft in over 120 countries.

Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) is a $10 billion multi-industry company with more than 44,000 employees in 40 countries. The company leverages its global network of aircraft, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO and Greenlee, among others. More information is available at www.textron.com.

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