Delivery Announced At Aero India Air Show
Bell Helicopter has made the first delivery of a Bell 429
helicopter to a customer in India. The customer, Span Air, is an
air charter operator headquartered in New Delhi. They say the
addition of the new aircraft to the fleet will allow the operator
to offer customers superior speed and range, and the ability
to land in remote areas.
"In every way, the acquisition of the Bell 429 for operations in
India makes excellent business sense," said Capt. Sudhir Malik,
COO, Span Air Tuesday at the biennial Aero India air show. "The
aircraft's performance capabilities make it ideal for the
challenging operating environment presented by India's weather and
geography. The 429 is also equipped with all the latest
safety features and offers the legendary reliability of Bell
helicopters, something we have already experienced with our other
"The 429 is a highly adaptable helicopter that was designed for
very demanding operators looking to address a wide assortment of
mission requirements," said Larry Roberts, Senior Vice President,
Commercial Business, Bell Helicopter. "Customers in India will find
the 429 to be intelligently-designed, robust, have ample power
margins, very fast and more spacious than any other helicopter in
its class. Customers here also have access to the world-renowned
Bell Helicopter customer support network."
India currently has two Bell Helicopter customer service
facilities, Air Works India and Deccan Charters, to support the
numerous Bell helicopters operating in the country.
In Asia Pacific, the Bell 429 has already found customers in
China, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Philippines, and New Zealand, in
addition to India. Interest in the aircraft has come from private
companies, including corporate transportation.