100 Bell 407GXP for China
According to a company statement, deliveries are slated to start later this year, “in connection with the framework agreement entered into with SHC in 2016.” During a special signing ceremony in Xi’an, China, Bell Helicopter President & CEO Mitch Snyder joined Shaanxi Energy Group President Xiaoning Yuan, along with leaders from Shaanxi Province and the US and Canadian embassies.
“We are pleased to have reached an agreement for the purchase by Shaanxi Helicopter of 100 Bell 407GXPs, one of the most in-demand helicopters in China,” commented Snyder. “Bell Helicopter has been developing its support and presence in China for several years and this further establishes our commitment to the region.”
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“We are very pleased to sign this purchase agreement with Bell,” added Yuan. “The 407GXP meets the Chinese market’s demand for a single light helicopter. It has […] been widely used in a broad range of segments including EMS, parapublic, tourism, and firefighting, among others. The gradual development of planned delivery, support, and training infrastructure will continue to promote the utilization of the 407GXP in China and provide Chinese operators with a total solution of product and technical assurance.”
Launched in 2015, the Bell 407GXP is an upgrade to the Bell 407 product line, offering additional payload capability, coupled with a new M250 Rolls-Royce engine which improves performance and fuel efficiency.
In related news, the rotorcraft OEM recently received a triple order for its light twin engine Bell 429.
All three helicopters were ordered during last week’s Paris Air Show and in a VIP configuration; one was purchased by UK’s Helix Av., another by King’s Casino in the Czech Republic and a third was acquired by a private and undisclosed customer in Italy.
“The Bell 407GXP and Bell 429’s performance, comfortable seating, luxurious interior, quiet cabin and economical light-twin engine make them the choice aircraft for VIP transport,” commented Bell Helicopter Commercial Sales and Marketing Executive VP Patrick Moulay.