Bell Helicopter Lands Signed Contracts at Paris Air Show

June 30, 2011

Fort Worth, TX – June 30, 2011 – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today that it received 18 signed contracts for new helicopter sales during the week of the Paris Air Show.

“The Paris Air Show is an outstanding event for all things aviation,” said John L. Garrison, president & CEO, Bell Helicopter. “Having the opportunity to spend time with our customers and listen to their needs and direct feedback is priceless. The signed contracts we received during the show are yet another indication that the Bell Helicopter commercial product line is what our customers want to meet their mission needs,” he said.

The signed contract model mix spans the entire Bell Helicopter commercial product line and represents several regions, including Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa and the Middle East.

“Our sales performance at the Paris Air show is a continuing indication of the success of the Bell Helicopter commercial product line,” said Larry Roberts, senior vice president, Commercial Business for Bell Helicopter. “The confidence we receive from our customers in the way of signed contracts continues to demonstrate our products are relevant and in demand around the world,” he said.

At this year’s Paris Air Show, Bell Helicopter displayed the 407GX and 407AH, which made their international debut since being introduced at the 2011 Heli-Expo in March, as well as the Air Methods 429 HEMS-configured interior demonstrator.

About Bell Helicopter
Bell Helicopter, a wholly owned subsidiary of Textron Inc., 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 multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, 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, and Textron Systems. More information is available at

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