Rotorcraft adding Bell 429s to Fleet

February 24, 2008
HAI - Houston, TX - February 24, 2008 - Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced that Rotorcraft Leasing Company, an offshore service provider operating in the Gulf of Mexico, is adding two 429 model helicopters to its fleet.

"These 429s will allow us to provide our customers with the latest technologies, Bell's world-class service and safety features coupled with lower operating costs in the highly competitive environment that we operate, said Lloyd Marks, Rotorcraft's president.

Pat Foley, Bell's regional sales Manager stated, "Rotorcraft Leasing is a long-time Bell customer and this is their first 429 purchase. Additionally they have three 407s and 5 206L4s on order. We are honored that they continue to choose Bell products."

Rotorcraft operates a fleet of over 90 helicopters from its home base of Broussard, La., and Bell products make up approximately 97% of their fleet.

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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