BELL 429

Bell Delivers Three Bell 429s to Mercy Flight Inc.

Medical transport company now one of the largest Bell 429 Helicopter Emergency Service (HEMS) operators in North America.

01 October 2018

Fort Worth, TX (October 1, 2018) Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the delivery of three Bell 429s to Mercy Flight Inc.

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The Bell 429 delivers exceptional speed and aircraft readiness when minutes matter. Bell is incredibly proud to provide aircraft to support the men and women of Mercy Flight who dedicate their lives to serving others, and we look forward to working together for many years.

Jay Ortiz, vice president, Commercial Business, Americas

Mercy Flight remains one of the few nonprofit providers of air and ground medical transport services. Established in 1981, Mercy Flight has safely completed more than 27,000 patient missions during the last 36 years. Providing around-the-clock care servicing all of Western New York, Northwestern Pennsylvania and beyond.

 

“The Bell 429 is an incredible platform, and we are proud to add three additional aircraft to our current fleet as we strive to continue our mission of saving lives and improving outcomes for many more years to come,” said Doug Baker, president, Mercy Flight. “The core of our business is crew and patient safety, and the Bell 429 has proven performance and reliability in demanding situations.”

 

There are currently more than 190 Bell helicopters performing HEMS operations around the world.

 

The Bell 429 is the only light twin-engine helicopter on the market with true two-litter capability, featuring enough cabin space for two medical attendants and two crew members. The Bell 429 also offers exceptional flight performance with a fully integrated glass cockpit, advanced drive system and best-in-class SBAS navigation and Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) capability. It is the first helicopter certified through the MSG-3 process, resulting in reduced maintenance costs for operators. The Bell 429 also features a spacious cabin and extra-large 60-inch side doors, as well as IFR capability certified for single or dual pilot operations.

 

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