Tianjin Helicopter Expo: Celebrating 40 Years of Bell Helicopters Operating in China

China, Tianjin (October 10, 2019) - Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, celebrated today 40 years of Bell helicopters operating in the Chinese market.

“In the past 40 years, the Chinese civil helicopter industry has tremendously changed, becoming the second largest civilian helicopter market in Asia-Pacific. Bell has been very proud to participate in the development of the vertical lift industry since the first aircraft orders in 1979,” said Jacinto Monge, Managing Director of Bell North Asia. “We are actively working with our Chinese collaborators, CAAC and other authorities to build a safe, efficient and sustainable vertical industry for China for future generations.”

From the light single-engine helicopters Bell 505 and Bell 407 to the light twin-engine helicopter Bell 429 and the medium-sized twin-engine helicopter Bell 412, Bell helicopters are performing various types of missions in China every day. The world's first fly-by-wire helicopter, the Bell 525 super mid-size helicopter, is on track to being ready to land in China in coming years, and Bell expects this game-changer helicopter to boost the development of the safe and effective advanced helicopter operations in China.

There are approximately 180 Bell helicopters operating across China. That number is expected to grow in the coming years as Bell is scheduled to deliver new helicopters to China based on more than 200 orders that have been signed since 2017.

The 2019 Tianjin Helicopter Expo is held from 10 to 13 October. Visit us in our booth #1C101.

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About Bell

Thinking above and beyond is what we do. For more than 80 years, we’ve been reimagining the experience of flight – and where it can take us.

We are pioneers. We were the first to break the sound barrier and to certify a commercial helicopter. We were a part of NASA’s first lunar mission and brought advanced tiltrotor systems to market. Today, we’re defining the future of on-demand mobility.

Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas – as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Textron Inc., – we have strategic locations around the globe. And with nearly one quarter of our workforce having served, helping our military achieve their missions is a passion of ours.

Above all, our breakthrough innovations deliver exceptional experiences to our customers. Efficiently. Reliably. And always, with safety at the forefront.

About Textron

Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell, Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Arctic Cat, Textron Systems, and TRU Simulation + Training. For more information, visit: www.textron.com.

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