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Air Zermatt orders third Bell 429 for SAR in Swiss Alps

November 10, 2022  By Helicopters Staff

Bell describes the light twin 429 helicopter as the most successful Bell model in Europe in the corporate, HEMS and law enforcement segments with more than 400 aircraft operating worldwide. (Photo: Bell Textron, Air Zermatt)

Bell Textron Inc. signed purchase agreement for a Bell 429 to be delivered to Air Zermatt. This marks the third Bell HEMS-configured aircraft to operate in the Swiss transportation and rescue company’s active fleet.

“Air Zermatt operates in one of the most demanding environments in the world to perform search and rescue missions,” said Patrick Moulay, senior vice president, International Commercial Business, Bell. “Their acquisition of a third Bell 429 for their HEMS missions is a true testament to their trust in Bell and its aircraft.”

With a 50-plus-year history, Air Zermatt has grown its rescue operations from one aircraft to a fleet of 11 helicopters. Bell explains transport and tourist flights and rescue operations from the simple to the extreme can be carried out with its fleet.

“Bell has always supported our operations with excellent aircraft and support. The Bell 429 is in class of its own, and continues to offer reliable, superior performance for our search and rescue missions,” said Gerold Biner, CEO, Air Zermatt. “We look forward to adding another HEMS-configured Bell 429 to our fleet and increasing our search and rescue support to the community in the Swiss Valais.”


Air Zermatt utilizes the Customer Advantage Plan Premier program for its Bell maintenance cost plans. The plan provides customers with budget certainty, access to Bell’s rotable pool of parts and competitive rates when using a global Bell authorized service centre.


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