It's Been A Good Two Weeks
Association International (HAI) wrapped up its Annual Convention
Tuesday in Dallas, TX and it was a record-breaking show for Bell
Helicopter. Bell representatives told Aero-News the company took
orders for 100 aircraft during the three-days of HAI, nearly
tripling its then-record number from last year. Coupled with the
recent Asian Aerospace show held in Singapore, during the past 14
days, Bell has booked 140 helicopter orders.
"To put this in perspective, at HAI 2005, we had our best show
in decades and took orders for 34 helicopters," said Bell CEO Mike
Redenbaugh. "This year we significantly increased that number,
continuing to build our backlog. This validates our growth forecast
as well as Textron's capital investment in the Bell business."
At Asian Aerospace, Bell took orders for 40 aircraft including
nine of Bell's newly unveiled 417s and 13 Bell 429s unveiled last
year at HAI. Bell's HAI order intake of 100 aircraft includes 46
Bell 417s and 33 Bell 429s.
"Whatever the need whether corporate, offshore, firefighting or
law enforcement, tourism, utility or any other mission, we have a
helicopter that will meet the need," said Bob Fitzpatrick, Senior
Vice President for Marketing and Sales at Bell Helicopter. "This
versatility of our product capabilities coupled with our award
winning customer support network is clearly the right answer for
our customers because they have definitely responded."
"What was so fantastic about these two aviation shows was the
spectrum of customers who purchased our products," Fitzpatrick
said. "We took orders from major corporations, emergency medical
service providers as well as individuals. And the orders came from
all of our geographic regions around the
world. We have a healthy backlog with customers taking delivery
positions into 2010"
Bell Helicopter produces of commercial and military, manned and
unmanned vertical lift aircraft, and is the pioneer of the
revolutionary tilt rotor aircraft. Bell's global workforce serves
customers flying Bell aircraft in more than 120 countries.