Bell Commercial Deliveries Continued to Climb in 2007

February 05, 2008
Fort Worth, TX - February 5, 2008 - Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced that 2007 saw another double digit increase in the number of commercial helicopters delivered.

Bob Fitzpatrick, Bell's senior vice president for Marketing and Sales stated, "Over the past few years we have been expanding our capacity in response to the marketplace demand for our products. In 2007 our deliveries increased 14% over 2006, which, in turn, was a 29% increase from 2005."

"We ended December with a total of 181 new helicopters delivered to our customers. These deliveries represent every market segment and region of the world. Additionally we delivered 14 Huey II kits that provide significant new capabilities for our customers flying this aircraft," Fitzpatrick added.

Bell has been experiencing unprecedented demand for its helicopters as fleet expansion and replacement activities have accelerated. Bell has previously announced the streamlining of its product line to help meet this demand and is taking steps to simultaneously increase its production capacity to match customer requirements and market demand.

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 an $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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