Air Methods Adds More Bell 407s to Fleet

February 24, 2008
HAI - Houston, TX - February 24, 2008 - Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced that Air Methods, headquartered in Englewood, Colo., is adding six additional 407 model helicopters to its fleet.

Archie Gray, Vice President of Technical Services at Air Methods said, "Bell's 407 is in high demand by many hospital programs throughout the county. The purchase of additional 407s positions Air Methods to meet customer requirements throughout our operating system. The speed, payload and range offered by the 407s in this fleet addition will help us meet the challenging mission profiles faced by our crews."

Bell regional sales manager Greg Maitlen stated, "Air Methods has relied on Bell products since 1981. These six new aircraft will join more than 20 Bell 407s already in their fleet. In addition to these 407s, Air Methods also has 40 Bell 429s on order."

The world's largest air ambulance operator, Air Methods operates a fleet of more than 330 aircraft. Its Community-Based Model division provides air medical transportation services in 18 states, and its Hospital-Based Model division provides air medical transportation services to hospitals located in 26 states.

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