28/06/2012 BELL HELICOPTER TO SHOWCASE ROTORCRAFT AT FARNBOROUGH

BELL HELICOPTER TO SHOWCASE ROTORCRAFT AT FARNBOROUGH

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced its upcoming participation in the Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) 2012. Bell Helicopter will provide flight demonstrations, have two state of the art commercial aircraft on display, and will showcase its mock up of the new Bell 525 Relentless super medium helicopter for the first time in Europe.

“Farnborough marks the European debut of our new Bell 525 Relentless helicopter following a successful launch in February at HeliExpo in Dallas, Texas.  We are  excited to give our customers in Europe the opportunity to see our mock up of this game-changing aircraft,” said John L. Garrison, President and CEO of Bell Helicopter. “We are on a mission at Bell Helicopter to enable our customers’ success by investing in new products that provide our customers innovative, reliable and affordable solutions.  We win by listening to our customers’ needs and by acting upon them.  The Bell 525 Relentless and the revolutionary V-22 Osprey are direct outcomes of exactly that – listening and acting.”

Bell Helicopter will have a strong presence at FIA with demonstration flights of the spacious and versatile Bell 429 in corporate configuration. In addition, a Bell 429 in Emergency Medical Services configuration and the technologically advanced Bell 407GX in corporate configuration will be on display at the trade exhibition. The highly-recognized V-22 Osprey will demonstrate its power and versatility by flying in the airshow and will be on display for visitors to get a closer look. Bell Helicopter aims to make this year’s FIA an unsurpassed event with brand new, industry-defining products.

Bell Helicopter has been growing its product line and global customer base for an energized resurgence in the commercial aviation industry, with a particular emphasis on the European market. Its dedication to customer support and services in addition to its world class aircraft sets the standard for vertical lift in 2012.

“Bell Helicopter is and will continue to be a leader in the world of aviation. Europe is mission critical region for Bell Helicopter and participating at Farnborough gives us an opportunity to talk with our customers, learn more about their plans and share our mutual goals for the future. It is an exciting time to be involved in aviation and to be a part of Bell Helicopter. We have high expectations for ourselves and the industry,” stated Danny Maldonado, Bell Helicopter’s executive vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing.

The Farnborough International Airshow is the largest aviation show in the world. Approximately 1,400 exhibitors from the aerospace, defense, space and security industries will showcase and demonstrate aircraft, equipment and new technologies. FIA takes place bi-annually and was attended by over 120,000 trade visitors at the last show in 2010.

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