Heli-Charter Appointed Bell Helicopter’s Independent Representative in UK

July 09, 2012

Farnborough, United Kingdom - July 9, 2012 - Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today the appointment of Heli-Charter Ltd. as its new independent representative for the United Kingdom.

"We are delighted to be working with Heli-Charter. They have a top rate facility and offer the kind of world class experience we require for our customers," said Danny Maldonado, Bell Helicopter's executive vice president of Sales and Marketing. "We have been expanding our presence in the UK and Heli-Charter will play an important role in helping us fulfill our mission of becoming more responsive globally."

Bell Helicopter selected Heli-Charter for its high standard of excellent communication with customers. Heli-Charter was established more than 17 years ago and offers a variety of services in a newly refurbished facility.

"We plan to take our relationship to the next level with new and existing customers in the UK. Our goal with Heli-Charter, in combination with an outstanding product line in the Bell 429 and Bell 407GX, is to continue to increase our footprint in the UK," stated Patrick Moulay, Bell Helicopter's managing director for Europe. "Heli-Charter's state-of-the-art facilities will include a Bell Helicopter show room. This will allow Bell Helicopter to pursue new opportunities in the expanding UK commercial helicopter market where demand for renewal of corporate, air ambulance and police helicopters is strong."

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 tiltrotor 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 www.textron.com.

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