Japan's First Designer Series Bell 429 Helicopter Sold to Japan General Aviation Service Group


Fort Worth, Texas (March 11, 2024) – Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced a signed purchase agreement for Japan’s first Designer Series Bell 429 helicopter to Japan General Aviation Service (JGAS). JGAS is a leading Japanese aerospace organization offering aircraft sales and aftermarket support services.

After delivery, Japan Biz Aviation Co. Ltd. (JBZ), a subsidiary of JGAS, will utilize the Bell 429 to provide corporate relocation and other services in Japan. This will be the second Bell helicopter operated by JBZ.

"We are honored by the trust JBZ has placed in Bell through their purchase of the first Designer Series Bell 429 helicopter," said Takuya Masamura, country manager, Bell Japan." Working closely with JGAS Group, we are confident that we can demonstrate the strong value Bell and JGAS provide to Japanese customers through an optimized experience for their Bell helicopters."

Bell’s Designer Series elevates the Bell 429 cabin experience to a new level of luxury through superior leathers, enhanced upholstery, and hardwood flooring. Complementary metal finishes and leather details integrate refined color schemes throughout the interior.

The Bell 429 has proven popular among corporate, emergency medical and law enforcement customers worldwide by offering a smooth and comfortable flight experience with best-in-class cabin space in its aircraft class. Over 450 Bell 429s operate globally, accumulating over 602,000 flight hours to date.

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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 advanced air mobility.

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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, Pipistrel, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Arctic Cat, and Textron Systems. For more information, visit: www.textron.com.

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