Bell Helicopter Reports Additional Orders for Newest Commercial Helicopter

March 02, 2006

Record Order Intake for the New 417 Model Fuels Momentum

Fort Worth, TX – March 2, 2006 – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today announced an additional 62 orders for its new 417 commercial helicopter from international dealers, bringing the total number of orders for the new model to 117 aircraft.

The Bell 417 was unveiled earlier this week at the annual Heli-Expo conference and trade show in Dallas. This powerful single engine helicopter offers more payload than its predecessor with unmatched high hover capability.

"Interest in this aircraft has been phenomenal, resulting in a record order intake and an ever-increasing momentum for the aircraft in international markets," said Mike Redenbaugh, Bell Chief Executive Officer. "The Bell 417 is being received by our customers with much enthusiasm and quickly is becoming one of the most popular products in our line."

Coupled with the recent Asian Aerospace show held in Singapore and with the Heli-Expo show, Bell has booked 202 commercial aircraft orders over the last few weeks.

Bell Helicopter is an industry-leading producer of commercial military, manned and unmanned vertical lift aircraft and the pioneer of the revolutionary tilt rotor aircraft. Globally recognized for world-class customer service, innovation and superior quality, Bell's global workforce serves customers flying Bell aircraft in more than 120 countries.

Textron Inc. is a $10 billion multi-industry company with 46,000 employees operating in 36 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, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO and Greenlee, among others. More information is available at www.textron.com.

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