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SINGAPORE AIRSHOW NEWS
Helicopter manufacturers had a quieter
airshow than usual on the orders front as the
manufacturers grapple with a downturn in the
oil and gas industry, which has delivered an
order bonanza in recent years.
Bell Helicopters had a successful show
compared with its counterparts, securing
a few new orders and letters of intent. The
manufacturer showed a Bell 505 Jet Ranger
X, Bell 429 and Bell 407GX in the static
park, with a simulator for the new Bell 525
Relentless on its stand.
Bell achieved a number of firsts in the Asia-
Pacific region, securing its first Bell 407GXP
order from India and its first Bell 407GXP order
from Nepal, as well as a letter of intent for the
first 505 Jet Ranger X for the Philippines.
Indian air charter management company
Premair is Bell’s first 407GXP customer in
that country. The aircraft will be outfitted for
Bell secured orders for four Bell 429s
from two customers in Indonesia.
corporate and VIP transportation throughout
the region, with delivery scheduled later this
year. Delhi-based Premair provides 24/7
aviation services to clients throughout India.
Bell’s first 407GXP in Nepal, meanwhile,
will be outfitted for multi-mission capabilities,
including travel and tourism, with Simrik Air
signing an agreement at the show.
Based on the Bell 407GX platform, the GXP
version has an additional 22.5kg (50lbs)
of payload capability, along with the new
Rolls-Royce M250 engine that improves
performance, particularly hot and high, and
fuel efficiency. The helicopter also features
new avionics capabilities and a transmission
time before overhaul extension of +500 hours
that is expected to lower maintenance costs.
Meanwhile, Bell has made a breakthrough
in the Philippines market, securing a letter
of intent for a single Bell 505 Jet Ranger X
from local aviation company PhilJets, which
provides ownership, charter, timeshare,
corporate/VIP and tourist flights in the country.
The five-seat, single-engine turbine Jet Ranger
will be outfitted for corporate and VIP transport
for operation throughout the region from late
Bell has more than 350 LOIs for the type
worldwide, with more than 100 in the Asia-
Pacific market alone. A development of the
original Jet Ranger, the X version has a cruise
speed of 232km/h (125 knots), a 667km
(360nm) range and a useful load of 608kg
(1,500lbs). It is powered by the Turbomeca
Arrius 2R engine with dual channel full
authority digital engine control and features
Garmin G1000H integrated avionics.
Although committing to just a single model,
PhilJets’ LOI is significant as it marks a
breakthrough in the Philippines market, says
Sameer Rehman, Bell managing director Asia-
Pacific. “We hope this is the foundation on
which to build something bigger,” he says.
PhilJets will operate a 10-strong helicopter
fleet by the end of this year, says founder
and CEO Thierry Tea. The fleet comprises
Airbus Helicopters H130s, T2s, AS350s, with
Finmeccanica types to be delivered this year.
The Jet Ranger X will be the first Bell type in its
fleet, with the helicopter’s capabilities, Bell’s
reputation and local support all factors in its
decision, says Tea.
With increasing congestion in Southeast
Asia, PhilJets has a growing requirement for
its corporate services, says Tea, pointing to
road congestion in the Philippines, Indonesia
Bell has 1,000-plus helicopters operating in
Asia-Pacific, with Southeast Asia “a shining
star,” according to Rehman. Going forward,
Bell is expecting strong sales in the region for
government, law enforcement and emergency
medical services (EMS) applications, he adds.
In particular, Rehman expects the EMS market
to take off in the Asia-Pacific region in the
PhilJets itself is looking to move into EMS,
confirms Tea, with an announcement on that
front likely within weeks, he adds.
In Indonesia, Bell has secured orders for four
Bell 429s from two customers. Two Bell 429s
are destined for the Indonesian National Police
for law enforcement activities. The police force
already operates Bell 206s. Bell has more than
30 429s operating in the Asia-Pacific region,
with increasing numbers deployed in para-
Meanwhile, a further two Bell 429s have
Quiet on order front for helicopter manufacturers
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