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Bell delivers six aircraft in Europe in 30 days

Bell Helicopter, May 15, 2012 - Geneva, Switzerland - Bell Helicopter announced at EBACE it completed deliveries of six of its newest aircraft in Europe during the last month. Three Bell 407GX aircraft, the first of its kind in Europe, took flight in Belgium, Denmark and, most recently, Iceland. Bell also delivered three additional Bell 429 aircraft in Russia and Ukraine.

"We are excited about the tremendous customer response to the new generation of Bell aircraft. The Bell 407GX is attracting interest from corporate, private and utility operators due to its speed, range and state-of-the-art Garmin G1000H™ flight deck that maximizes pilot situational awareness. In short, the Bell 407GX delivers exceptional performance and improved safety characteristics," said Danny Maldonado Bell's executive vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing. Bell Helicopter is showcasing at EBACE the versatile 429 outfitted for corporate missions. The aircraft is midway through a European demo tour; upcoming stops include Belgium, Czech Republic, the United Kingdom and Serbia.

Maldonado added, "Versatility is the name of the game when it comes to the Bell 429, which serves the full spectrum of segments - air medical, law enforcement, oil & gas, utility and corporate. Customers appreciate the 429's spacious cabin, plus Transport Canada's certification increasing the 429 gross weight up to 7,500 lbs. provides a performance boost that doubles the 429's footprint and greatly increases its endurance and loiter times."

About the Bell 407GX
Built on the success of the Bell 407, the 407GX is the only helicopter equipped with the innovative Garmin G1000HTM integrated glass flight deck, making it the most advanced light, single-engine rotorcraft on the market. The Garmin G1000H™ enhances mission awareness with HTAWS, TIS, moving map display and Garmin's Helicopter Synthetic Vision Technology (HSVT™).

About the Bell 429
The Bell Helicopter 429 is one of the most advanced light twin IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) helicopters ever developed. The 429 has set the standard for light twins, delivering exceptional speed, range, hover performance and enhanced safety margins. The 429 boasts a spacious cabin with 204ft3(5.78m3) of usable volume, optional rear clam-shell doors and seating for 7 passengers and 1 crew.

About Bell Helicopter
Bell Helicopter, a wholly owned subsidiary of Textron Inc., is an industry-leading producer of commercial and military, manned and unmanned vertical-lift aircraft and the pioneer of the revolutionary tiltrotor aircraft. Globally recognized for world-class customer service, innovation and superior quality, Bell's global workforce serves customers flying Bell aircraft in more than 120 countries.

About Textron Inc.
Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft Company, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems. More information is available at

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