Bell Helicopter Announces Sale of the First Bell 429 with Mecaer Interior to Russian Customer

May 26, 2015

Fort Worth, TX (May 26, 2015)Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announces it has sold the first Bell 429 in Russia outfitted with the Bell 429 MAGnificent luxury cabin interior created by Italy-based Mecaer Aviation Group (MAG).

“We really wanted to give our customers a space that caters to their needs, and combine it with the Bell 429’s smooth, advanced performance,” said Patrick Moulay, vice president of global sales and marketing at Bell Helicopter. “Our customers in Russia are really responding to this aircraft with MAG’s luxurious cabin interior and we expect this sale is the first of many to come.

Customers can customize the cabin interior of the Bell 429 MAGnificent to a variety of seating configurations, and choose from a wide range of Italian fabrics, colors and optional equipment. MAG’s specialty custom interior incorporates two proprietary products, a passive noise abatement system called SILENS, and an In-Flight Entertainment Enhanced Lounge (I-FEEL), that provides a fully customized interactive touch screen based entertainment, communication and flight information management system.

“We are thrilled to provide the first Mecaer VVIP interior in Russia,” said Co-General Manager of Mecaer Aviation Group, Armando Sassoli. “We are proud to collaborate with Bell Helicopter on the Bell 429’s interior and look forward to supporting in service and delivery of the aircraft.”

The Bell 429 is one of the most advanced light twin helicopters ever developed, offering a fully integrated glass cockpit with advanced drive system and best-in-class WAAS navigation and IFR capability. Additional safety features include a collective mounted throttle, damage tolerant hub and rotor system, and energy attenuating seats. It is the first helicopter certified through the MSG-3 process, resulting in reduced maintenance costs for operation.

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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, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems. For more information, visit www.textron.com.
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About Mecaer Aviation Group
With facilities across Italy, Canada and the United States, MAG offers Integrated Systems for Helicopters, General Aviation and Business Aircraft and Basic Trainers such as flight control, landing gear and actuation systems, as well as passenger flight experience enhancement solutions which include interiors design, development, manufacturing and certification, noise and vibration abatement, sound-proofing, entertainment and communication systems, completion and modification services, as well as MRO services. More information is available at www.mecaer.com

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