Bell Helicopter announced today the sale of the first Bell 412EPI in Japan to Aomori Prefecture’s Firefighting and Disaster Prevention Agency. The 412EPI is expected to join the agency's fleet in early 2016. Aomori Prefecture was also the first customer to receive a Bell 412EP in Japan at the start of its helicopter operations in 1995.
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Introduced in 2013, the Bell 412EPI continues to garner interest from international customers, including the Canadian Coast Guard who recently signed an agreement to purchase seven of the aircraft.
Bell Helicopter Co., Ltd. was established in Japan in January 2014 for the primary purpose of building upon long-term customer and partner relationships to the benefit of Japan’s rotorcraft market. Bell Helicopter’s new office in Tokyo serves as a hub for sales, marketing and aftermarket service efforts. Customers in Japan are also supported by authorized Customer Service Facilities, Fuji Heavy Industries, Naka Nihon and Aero Asahi.
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