Bell Helicopter Announces Commercial Product Lineup to be featured at LABACE 2015

Bell Helicopter Announces Commercial Product Lineup to be featured at LABACE 2015

Fort Worth, Texas (August 10, 2015) – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today its joint participation with sister company Textron Aviation at the 12thannual Latin American Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (LABACE) held August 11-13 at Aeroporto de Congonhas at São Paulo, Brazil.

Subject matter experts from Bell Helicopter and Textron Aviation will be available in chalet 5112 to discuss their product lineup, customizable aircraft offerings, as well as continued investments in the region and much more.

Bell Helicopter will headline the show with the Bell 429WLG, the Bell 407GX and the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X mockup in parapublic configuration, which will all be on static display.

Demand for the Bell 505 is intensifying around the world, with nearly 350 letters of intent (LOI) worldwide and 35 LOI from customers throughout Brazil. Interest also continues for the Bell 429 with nearly 60 aircraft performing missions in Latin America, while the Bell 407GX has more than 200 aircraft in the region configured for a range of operations including corporate, parapublic and general/utility.

“Bell Helicopter is a major player in the Latin American region, and we continue to make investments to support our current and future customers,” said Jay Ortiz, Bell Helicopter’s vice president of commercial sales in Latin America. “Our commitment to this market is evident by our growing local presence of personnel.”

Bell Helicopter has a strong sales and service footprint supporting customer’s needs, with more than 100 Bell Helicopter authorized Customer Service Facilities worldwide, two of which are located in Brazil, that offer full service maintenance options including component repair and overhaul for current production commercial aircraft and most out-of-production aircraft.

“We have a superior product lineup with customizable options for a wide range of mission sets and our customers have taken notice,” added Ortiz. “LABACE gives us a great opportunity to engage with the business aviation community in Brazil and throughout Latin America.”

Bell Helicopter entered the Latin American market more than 60 years ago and today has an installed fleet of more than 1680 helicopters making it the second largest Bell Helicopter fleet in the world. 

LABACE, the largest business aviation event in Latin America, brings together Brazilian and international companies to inform the public on the latest sector products while also reinforcing the importance of aviation and strengthening the connection between all regions of the vast country of Brazil.

The Bell 429WLG delivers exceptional speed, ranger, and hover performance combined with the added feature of retractable landing gear, which provides the capability for operations requiring ground taxiing. The Bell 407GX provides the same excellent performance reliability characteristics of the Bell 407 with enhanced safety and situational awareness capabilities to adapt to any mission. The Bell 505 Jet Ranger X is on a mission to redefine the short light single product class of helicopters as illustrated by its fully integrated glass flight deck providing unparalleled crew situational awareness, enhanced safety levels, and reduced pilot workload.

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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, 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; the efficacy of research and development investments to develop new products or unanticipated expenses in connection with the launching of significant new products or programs; the timing of our new product launches or certifications of our new aircraft products; 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 commercial 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; risks related to our international business, including relying on joint venture partners, subcontractors, suppliers, representatives, consultants and other business partners in connection with international business, including in emerging market countries.

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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