Singapore Airshow (February 20, 2024) – At the forefront of aviation innovation, Bell Textron Inc., a subsidiary of Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT), proudly announced the landmark delivery of the first Bell 407GXi helicopter in the Philippines to Aerobee Corporation. This event marks a significant milestone in Bell’s expansion within the Asia Pacific aviation market, particularly in the Philippines.

Bell Textron Inc. is renowned for its commitment to excellence and innovation in the aerospace sector. The company’s dedication to providing advanced, reliable, and cost-effective aviation solutions is evident in the Bell 407GXi model. The helicopter’s delivery to Aerobee Corporation underscores Bell’s strategic focus on enhancing its presence and service offerings in the Philippine market.

“Bell’s Asia Pacific operators continue to recognize the 407GXi’s low cost of ownership and proven performance to meet their clients’ discerning needs. Now available with full IFR certification and backed by industry-leading aftermarket support for which Bell is globally renowned, the Bell 407GXi with its multimission capabilities is a benchmark for this region,” said Sameer Rehman, managing director, Asia Pacific, Bell. “Our Filipino customers are important to Bell’s success, and we are privileged that Aerobee in Manila has selected the new Bell 407GXi to enhance their offerings.”

Enhanced Features and Capabilities

Founded in 2020, Aerobee Corporation is a company with a focused mission on the distribution and sale of high-quality products and services within the Philippine aviation and agriculture industry. The Bell 407GXi helicopter acquired by Aerobee is equipped with state-of-the-art features that set it apart in the market. Notably, the helicopter comes with an auto-pilot feature and a newly designed interior that enhances connectivity with mobile devices and computers, catering to the modern needs of operators and passengers alike.

The Bell 407GXi model is powered by the Rolls-Royce M250-C47E/4 dual-channel FADEC turbine engine, known for its impressive performance and fuel efficiency. It allows for a cruising speed of 133 knots (246 km/h), making it an ideal choice for a variety of missions, including public safety, utility, helicopter emergency medical services, corporate transportation, armed multi-role, and training operations. Furthermore, the helicopter is equipped with the latest Garmin G1000H NXi Integrated Flight Deck, which features high-resolution displays, faster processors, and the capability to connect to tablets and smartphones, enhancing the overall flight experience.

With more than 1,590 Bell 407 models in operation across six continents, the fleet has collectively surpassed six million total flight hours, demonstrating the model’s reliability, performance, and global appeal. The delivery of the first Bell 407GXi to the Philippines is a testament to Bell Textron Inc.’s unwavering commitment to advancing aviation technology and supporting its customers’ diverse operational needs.

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