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Shaanxi Helicopter to buy 100 Bell 407GXPs

3rd July 2017 - 09:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Shaanxi Helicopter has signed an agreement to purchase 100 Bell 407GXP single-engine helicopters from Bell Helicopter, Textron announced on 28 June.

Deliveries to the Chinese company will begin in 2017.

The Bell 407GXP is an enhanced version of the Bell 407 product line that provides an additional 50lbs of payload capability, coupled with a new M250 Rolls-Royce engine that improves performance and fuel efficiency. 

The helicopter is also equipped with new avionics features such as hover performance calculator improvement, as well as transmission TBO extension of over 500 hours that is designed to lower maintenance costs.

Mitch Snyder, president and CEO, Bell Helicopter, said: ‘We are pleased to have reached an agreement for the purchase by Shaanxi Helicopter of 100 Bell 407GXPs, one of the most in-demand helicopters in China. Bell Helicopter has been developing its support and presence in China for several years and this further establishes our commitment to the region’.

Xiaoning Yuan, president of Shaanxi Energy Group, said: ‘We are very pleased to sign this purchase agreement with Bell. The 407GXP meets the Chinese market’s demand for a single light helicopter. It has exceptional performance and has been widely used in a broad range of segments including EMS, Parapublic, tourism, and firefighting, among others.

‘The gradual development of planned delivery, support and training infrastructure will continue to promote the utilisation of the 407GXP in China and provide Chinese operators with a total solution of product and technical assurance'.

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