Commercial

Bell Helicopter 505 to Get Intros in Australia, Vietnam, Japan

By S.L. Fuller | February 7, 2018

Nautilus Aviation formally took delivery of the aircraft last year at Bell Helicopter's Mirabel, Canada, facility. Photo courtesy of Bell Helicopter

Nautilus Aviation formally took delivery of the aircraft last year at Bell Helicopter's Mirabel, Canada, facility. Photo courtesy of Bell Helicopter

Nautilus Aviation has taken delivery of two Bell Helicopter 505 Jet Ranger Xs. Bell said these helicopters are the first of the model to be delivered in the Asia-Pacific region — Bell expects the highest demand, worldwide, for the 505 to come from that region.

“The Australian helicopter market is one of the largest and most important segments globally for Bell. We are pleased that the first 505s delivered into the region are with Nautilus Aviation, and are confident that both helicopters will deliver exceptional value to Nautilus in its endeavor to provide customers an unparalleled experience,” said Sameer A. Rehman, managing director of Bell Helicopter Asia Pacific. “We look forward to working closely with Nautilus to bring these aircraft into service and supporting Nautilus’ preparation of the aircraft for charter and utility operations.”

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Those operations are to take place in the North Queensland and Great Barrier Reef regions.

Vietnam is set to host its first 505s. Bell said Wednesday it signed a purchase agreement with both Vietnam Helicopter Corporation and its subsidiary, Northern Vietnam Helicopter Company (VNH North), for two. The firms operate helicopters for a variety of missions, including oil and gas, tourism, EMS and others.

“As the first Bell commercial helicopter sale in Vietnam, we are pleased that Vietnam Helicopter Corporation and VNH North have chosen the Bell 505 for their operations in Vietnam and beyond,” said Rehman. “The Bell 505 incorporates the latest advancements in safety and aviation technology while providing best-in-class value. We look forward to working closely and supporting both Vietnam Helicopter Corporation and VNH North as they expand their business to new territories and customers.”

Also on Wednesday Bell announced the delivery to two 505s to SECO International. These are the first 505s to be delivered in Japan and are to be used for passenger transport, tourism, photography and TV broadcasting.

“The delivery of the first two Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopters to SECO International marks another key milestone for Bell Helicopter and the 505 in Japan,” said Michael Reagan, Bell Helicopter’s managing director for Japan. “We look forward to deepening our successful relationship with SECO International as we work together to put these two 505s into service and the smooth delivery of the remaining 505s on order.”

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