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Bell Helicopter Secures Aircraft Orders, Award at ABACE 2015

By Staff Writer | April 22, 2015


Bell Helicopter received letters of intent to purchase five aircraft during the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE), held April 14-16.

“While at the show, we met with many current and potential customers and provided updates on the capabilities our helicopters can deliver as China’s air space restrictions continue to relax,” said Chris Jaran, vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing for Bell Helicopter in China.

The following signings were conducted at the show:

  • Guangxi Zhanzhuo General Aviation signed for one Bell 407GXP, the first of its type to be sold in China, to be used for low altitude tourism in Guilin, Guangxi Province.
  • Nanjing Ruoer General Aviation signed a letter of intent to purchase two Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopters to be used for flight training.
  • Jiangsu Shenghao also signed a letter of intent to purchase two Bell 505 helicopters to be used in for flight training and low altitude tourism.

Photos courtesy of Bell Helicopter

The Bell Helicopter chalet was visited by Matt Zucarro, president of Helicopter Association International; Ed Bolen, president and CEO of National Business Aviation Association; Max Baucus, US Ambassador to China; Guy Saint-Jacques, Canadian Ambassador to China; and Susan Kurland, Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

On April 14, the team attended the 2nd China Private Jet Awards Dinner, held in conjunction with the show, where Jaran accepted an award for the Bell 407 being voted “Best Light Single Engine Helicopter” by U-Jet Magazine. The Bell 407 type aircraft is highly popular with customers in China, comprising 45 percent of Bell’s current installed fleet of helicopters in the country. This is the second year the aircraft has been awarded this distinction.

Photo courtesy of Bell Helicopter

Bell Helicopter showcased a Bell 505 mock-up as well as a corporate-configured Bell 429 at ABACE.

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