First Bell Helicopter 407GXP delivered to Chinese operator Shaanxi Helicopter Co. Photo courtesy of Bell
Update: Bell Helicopter said it has delivered the first of these aircraft Thursday at the Xi’an Air Show in China.
Bell Helicopter has sold 100 407GXPs, the manufacturer said. China-based Shaanxi Helicopter Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of Shaanxi Energy Group, signed a purchase agreement in connection with the framework of a 2016 agreement.
“We are very pleased to sign this purchase agreement with Bell,” said Xiaoning Yuan, president of Shaanxi Energy Group. “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.”
Deliveries are scheduled to start this year.