Bell delivers three aircraft to Russian customers
Sept. 4, 2014, Moscow, Rus. - Bell Helicopter has announced the delivery of three commercial aircraft to customers in Russia. A VIP-configured Bell 407GX and a Bell 429 have been delivered to two private customers in the region to perform corporate transportation, while a Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) Bell 407GX operated by Helidrive has been delivered to aid in medical transportation missions in the Saint-Petersburg and Leningrad region.
By Carey Fredericks
All three aircraft are currently operating in country. In addition, Bell Helicopter also announced two purchase agreements in the region for two Bell 407GXs to two private customers.
"We have seen tremendous growth in both the Bell 407GX and the Bell 429 in Russia,” said Patrick Moulay, Bell Helicopter's managing director of Europe. “These aircraft not only provide superior performance and trusted reliability, but they are also designed to support a variety of mission needs.”
“The Bell 407GX and Bell 429 are our best selling models in Russia and the Bell 429 is the most popular aircraft among all light twin engine helicopters in the country,” said Alexander Evdokimov, General Director of Jet Transfer. “We expect to continue to grow the Bell 429 fleet, especially for VIP/corporate missions as well as special operations, HEMS and air taxi services.”
Bell Helicopter also announced that the Bell 429 has been approved by the Aviation Register of Interstate Aviation Committee to operate with Wheeled Landing Gear (WLG) for missions that require ground taxi operations.
“The flexibility of the Bell 429WLG will be a great fit for our Russian customers,” added Moulay. “We have seen strong interest in this aircraft since we introduced it in late 2013 and look forward to expanding our growing Bell 429 fleet in Russia.”
The operator of the HEMS Bell 407GX, Helidrive is an Independent Representative (IR) offering services in helicopter sales, maintenance, basing and helicopter flights and charter.
“The Bell 407GX is a phenomenal aircraft,” said Dmitry Kozyrev, Head of HEMS projects at Helidrive. “The aircraft delivers a smooth ride and is spacious enough for easy patient loading and unloading.”