Bell Helicopter has reached two purchase agreements for a total of eight Bell 429s. Inaer France, an Avincis Group operator, has purchased a Bell 429 in the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) configuration. Delivery is expected this year, and the rotorcraft will support medical rescue missions in the Western region of France.
The Swedish National Police have purchased a total of seven Bell 429s to be used for police operations, including surveillance, reconnaissance, maintaining public order, aerial photography, rescue missions and police transportation. In addition to the new Bell 429 fleet, the Swedish National Police currently flies a Bell 206 Jet Ranger that serves as a flight trainer at the organization’s flight school.