Big order fixes Bell Helicopter in Chinese market
"Bell Helicopter is extremely bullish about China's aviation market with both strong demand and government support," said Patrick Moulay, executive vice president for global sales and marketing.
"We will not only sell helicopters to the market, but also play a role in cultivating the surging market jointly with Chinese partners," he said in an interview with Xinhua.
Moulay confirmed that Bell and Shaanxi Helicopter, a subsidiary of Shaanxi Energy Group, have signed a purchase agreement for 100 Bell 407GXP single-engine helicopters, which were launched in 2015. Deliveries will start this year.
Bell did not disclose the total value of the order. The list price of the 407GXP is around $3.2 million.
The helicopters will be finalized in the Bell's US plant, shipped to China and reassembled. Some will be configured for customers such as China's Emergency Medical Service (EMS), emergency rescue, fire fighting and law enforcement agencies.
Bell will support Shaanxi Helicopter to develop capabilities in reassembly and maintenance, as well as pilot and technician training. ■