Bell Helicopter Announces Seven Aircraft Orders After a Successful Jet Expo in Russia

September 20, 2013

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - September 20, 2013 - Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), continues to expand its presence in Russia, announcing purchase agreements for seven aircraft signed during Jet Expo 2013 in Moscow last week. During the show, Bell Helicopter displayed its newest product, the Bell 429, in a corporate configuration.

Bell Helicopter has secured agreements for the sale of seven helicopters, including five Bell 429s and two Bell 407GXs in corporate configuration. During Jet Expo 2013, Jet Transfer, Bell Helicopter's Independent Representative in Moscow, signed an agreement for three Bell 429s to be utilized for corporate transport for their VIP customers.

"The Bell 429's impressive flight performance and state-of-the-art technology led to the selection of this aircraft for our corporate missions. The Bell 429 is quickly gaining popularity in our country because it exceeds the complex requirements of the Russian helicopter market," said Alexander Evdokimov, general director of Jet Transfer.

Bell Helicopter has delivered nine aircraft into Russia in recent months, including five Bell 429 helicopters and the first Bell 407GX to be operated in the country.

"During the last two years, the Bell 429 has defined the new standard for corporate and VIP transport in Russia. With exceptional speed, a spacious and comfortable cabin, and a smooth ride, the Bell 429 is an excellent choice for business operations and is now the leading VIP helicopter on the light twin segment category," said Patrick Moulay, Bell Helicopter's managing director in Europe.

In collaboration with Jet Transfer, Bell Helicopter highlighted the Bell 429 in corporate configuration in its booth at Jet Expo 2013. The newest light twin helicopter on the market, the Bell 429 has received accolades from customers in the corporate/VIP transport industry in Russia. The Bell 429 is the first helicopter certified through the MSG-3 process, resulting in reduced maintenance costs for operators. The aircraft offers outstanding flight performance and advanced technology, including a glass cockpit with two or three multi-function displays, dual digital 3-axis autopilot and an integrated electronic data recorder.

In addition to increasing aircraft sales and deliveries in Russia, Bell Helicopter has ramped up its customer support and service offerings to keep its customers' aircraft flying in top condition. Kazan Aviation Enterprise, a Bell Helicopter Customer Service Facility, and two Independent Representatives, Jet Transfer in Moscow and HeliDrive in Saint-Petersburg provide a full range of services to all Bell models operated in Russia.

Consistently ranked #1 by customers, Bell Helicopter is home to the industry's largest customer support network made up of 100 Bell Helicopter-authorized customer service facilities in 34 countries, eight Bell Helicopter-owned support centers, four global distribution centers, 50 customer support engineers and 47 dedicated product support engineers all focused on fulfilling customer requirements, increasing global responsiveness and lowering direct operating costs.

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

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