Oil & Gas
Bell delivers 407GXis to Japan’s Shin-Nihon Helicopters
By Naomi Szeben
Bell Textron Inc. recently delivered two Bell 407GXi helicopters to Shin-Nihon Helicopters in Japan.
With this delivery, Shin-Nihon Helicopters becomes the first Japanese company to purchase and operate the 407GXi aircraft. A longstanding Bell customer since its establishment in 1960, Shin-Nihon Helicopters will use both helicopters to conduct power-line patrol missions for electric power companies.
The purchase of the Bell 407GXi helicopters adds to Shin-Nihon Helicopters all Bell fleet which includes the Bell 206, Bell 412, and Bell 427 helicopters.
The Bell 407GXi is equipped with the GARMIN G1000H Nxi and Rolls-Royce C47E/4 dual-channel FADEC turbine engine, creating an enhanced flying experience with ultra-modern display systems and improved power.
Bell’s history in Japan started with the delivery of three Bell 47D-1s to Mainichi Press, Yomiuri Press and Chunichi Press on Nov. 24, 1952. Historically, Bell has supplied most of the helicopters – more than 1,500 aircraft – that have been used or are still in service in Japan.