By S.L. Fuller | December 15, 2017
The 5,000th aircraft to be completed at Bell Helicopter’s Mirabel, Canada, facility is heading to China. The 407GXP was purchased by Shaanxi Helicopter Co. Ltd. as part of an agreement for 100 Bell 407GXPs signed earlier this year.
“This is an incredible milestone for Bell Helicopter and a testament to the talent and dedication of everyone here at Mirabel and across the company,” said Cynthia Garneau, president of Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Ltd.
Launched in 2015, the Bell 407GXP is an upgrade to the Bell 407 product line. It provides an additional 50 pounds of payload capability and features a new M250 Rolls-Royce engine. The modernized aircraft is also equipped with new avionics features, including hover performance calculator improvement.
“We are very pleased to sign this purchase agreement with Bell,” said Xiaoning Yuan, president of Shaanxi Energy Group, in August after signing the purchase agreement. “The 407GXP meets the Chinese market's demand for a single light helicopter. It has exceptional performance and 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.”