Bell Helicopter’s Customer Support Moves Forward with Velocity into 2017

Bell Helicopter’s Customer Support Moves Forward with Velocity into 2017

Fort Worth, TX (January 17, 2017)Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today announced significant progress with its customer service – continuing to provide the best customer support in the industry.

“In 2016 we launched a brand new support solution, our Customer Advantage Plans (CAP), and strengthened our support network, adding four new service centers  across the globe,” said Glenn Isbell, executive vice president, Customer Support and Services for Bell Helicopter. “We will continue to enhance our customer support capabilities, and I am excited to carry this momentum into the New Year.”

Bell Helicopter’s CAP provides customers with comprehensive coverage solutions for their daily operations. Since its launch, the innovative support solution has gained traction across the globe – with current customers represented in regions including North America, Latin America, Asia Pacific and Europe. The plans have additionally been adopted by customers in mission segments ranging from emergency medical, corporate/VIP to oil and gas operators. Multiple large fleets have also adopted the plans, including the most recent announced customer, Heliservicio, signing its large fleet of 20 Bell 412EPs.

“We will continue to support our customers’ success with products and services that provide the most value, responsiveness and cost competiveness for their operations,” added Isbell.

Recently, Bell Helicopter signed its first CAP customer in India. The corporate customer operates a Bell 429 and was signed through Dubai-based aircraft management company, Titan Aviation Group.

“With predictable maintenance costs, priority access to parts and assemblies and increased aircraft availability, Bell Helicopter’s Customer Advantage Plan provides peace of mind, knowing my investment is protected,” said Sakeer Sheik, a Bell 429 customer. 

In addition to the support plans, Bell Helicopter continues to strengthen its support network, adding four newly authorized Customer Service Facilities just last year:

“The addition of our newly authorized Customer Service Facilities reinforces our commitment to enhancing the regional support customers need to continue their operations,” said Mike Reagan, director, Global Services at Bell Helicopter.

Bell Helicopter’s Customer Service Facilities aim to enhance customer satisfaction by providing a personal link between Bell Helicopter and its customers. With services ranging from aircraft refurbishment and accessory options to maintenance, repair and overhaul solutions, combined with personalized service offerings, Bell Helicopter’s service facilities provides complete and seamless support - offering Bell Helicopter customers the advantages of a one-stop service experience worldwide.

Known for its industry-leading customer support, Bell Helicopter provides its customers with local support in virtually every corner of the world and has the largest support network in the industry with more than 100 Authorized Customer Service Facilities in 34 countries. Bell Helicopter is committed to having resources where customers operate to speed up delivery of service and support, and gives customers access to service professionals that are easy to reach, know the operating environment and understand their needs.

To learn more about Bell Helicopter’s Customer Advantage Plans, visit the Customer Advantage Plan website, email cap@bh.com or contact a Bell Helicopter Support & Services Sales Representative.

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About Bell Helicopter

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 tiltrotor aircraft. Globally recognized for world-class customer service, innovation and superior quality, Bell's global workforce serves customers flying Bell aircraft in more than 120 countries.

About Textron Inc.

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 Helicopter, Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, Bad Boy Off Road, Textron Systems, and TRU Simulation + Training. For more information, visit www.textron.com.

Certain statements in this press release are forward-looking statements which may project revenues or describe strategies, goals, outlook or other non-historical matters; these statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements. These statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause our actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.

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About Bell

Thinking above and beyond is what we do. For more than 85 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.

Certain statements in this press release are forward-looking statements which may project revenues or describe strategies, goals, outlook or other non-historical matters; these statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements. These statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause our actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, changes in aircraft delivery schedules or cancellations or deferrals of orders; our ability to keep pace with our competitors in the introduction of new products and upgrades with features and technologies desired by our customers; changes in government regulations or policies on the export and import of our products; volatility in the global economy or changes in worldwide political conditions that adversely impact demand for our products; volatility in interest rates or foreign exchange rates; and risks related to our international business, including establishing and maintaining facilities in locations around the world and relying on joint venture partners, subcontractors, suppliers, representatives, consultants and other business partners in connection with international business, including in emerging market countries.

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