Hyderabad. Bell Helicopter delivered its 100th rotorcraft in India during the India Aviation 2008.
Mr Richard Millman, President & CEO, Bell Helicopter, handed over the keys of the aircraft, a Bell 412, to Abir Infrastructure Private Limited (AIPL) in the presence of Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel.
While welcoming the US company’s success in delivering the 100th helicopter in India, Mr Patel said that the growth of civil aviation in India was on the rise and that “we will soon be ranked third or fourth in the world.”
“We are also committed to make aviation safer and cleaner with the co-operation of other countries like the US,” the minister said.
Abir Managing Director K Gnyandeep said, “ABIR is experiencing rapid growth with an established name in multiple businesses lines in India. This Bell 412EP will increase our capability to continue to grow and reach better business economies.”
A bell statement said: The twinengine 412 holds 15 people and is ideally suited for charter services. Since it is a larger helicopter, it can carry a substantially larger load and also has a greater range. It is built to withstand all weather conditions, from searing desert heat to the polar ice cap cold. The world’s most rugged and reliable medium twin-engine helicopter it is a daily workhorse yet refined in temperament and control. It is the most popular in the medium size helicopter segment. The 412 can operate in conditions that would cripple most other aircraft.
The 412 has wide opening doors to accommodate a forklift with two ton lifting capabilities. It has the highest dispatch reliability of any twin engine aircraft. It is built on the ideal combination of rugged fuselage construction and the proven Pratt & Whitney PT6T-3D Twin Pac engine.
It has the lowest seat mile cost in its class and has rupture resistant fuel cells, energy absorbing crew seats and collective mounted throttles as standard equipment. The 412 has flexibility for future growth, with a dual digital automatic flight control system that allows for easy integration of automatic approach to hover and automatic hover capabilities.
Jon Rudy, Bell’s director of Business Development for Asia said, “The combined team of Bell Helicopter, Edwards and Associates, Bell Helicopter Finance Group, and our independent representative, Jubilant Empro, are proud to deliver our 100th commercial helicopter into the Indian market. We have a winning team and are looking forward to achieving the next 100 deliveries in India.”
Since selling its first helicopter into India back in 1956, Bell has delivered a variety of models to India and has grown its market share to be the leader with our 50% of the commercial market.
Bell Helicopter, a wholly owned subsidiary of Textron Inc., is an industry-leading producer of commercial and military, manned and unmanned vertical lift aircraft and the pioneer of the revolutionary tilt rotor aircraft.
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