Bell Announces Upgrades for Existing Product Line

February 22, 2008
HAI - Houston, TX - February 22, 2008 - Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, made public its enhancement plans for its product line with the announcement that the 206L, 407 and 412 EP will each receive upgrades to maintain their competitive edge in the marketplace.

Barry Kohler, Bell's vice president for Commercial Programs said, "Bell Helicopter recognizes that the marketplace is a dynamic environment and we are committed to keeping our products current. We have listened to our customers and have created enhancement programs that respond to their needs."

Bell's model 206L will benefit from the introduction of structural and performance upgrades for the fielded aircraft, the model 407 will offer a glass cockpit upgrade option and the model 412 will be the first fielded helicopter to be JAROPS certified.

Danny Maldonado, Bell's vice president Commercial Business Development stated, "These actions should continue to position these products very well and we anticipate continued strong demand."

Bell is committed to introducing these improvements as part of its continuous improvement plan.

About Bell Helicopter 
Bell Helicopter is an industry-leading producer of commercial and 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.

About Textron Inc. 
Textron Inc. is a $13.2 billion multi-industry company operating in 34 countries with approximately 44,000 employees. 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 Company , Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, Fluid & Power, Textron Systems and Textron Financial Corporation. More information is available at

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