From L to R: Adam Cuquet, Saif Al-Hamawendy, Gen (Ret) Saud Al-Anzi, Fouad Bardawil, Naji Assaf, Steve Loftis, Richard Soulberg, Fred Hees, CEO of BBM Inc.,
Steve Suttles, John Garrison, president & CEO of Bell Helicopter, Amer Smailbegovic, Philip Bardawil, Patrick Moulay
BBM Inc. takes delivery of 16 Bell 407GXs
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (February 25, 2015) – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today the sale and delivery of 16 new Bell 407GXs to BBM Inc. of Reno, Nevada. The aircraft will be operated in the Middle East, and configured to suit a changing variety of urgent mission profiles, ranging from casualty evacuation (CASEVAC) to reconnaissance.
The aircraft were presented to Fred Hees, CEO of BBM Inc. in a formal signing ceremony at International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX).
“With this agreement, BBM Inc. is able to spearhead efforts to support a wide variety of mission profiles,” said Hees. “BBM Inc. is honored, through this purchase of a Bell 407GX aircraft, to be able to support our customers’ safety and security needs in the region.”
“The Bell 407GX aircraft is an ideal solution for the extreme operating environments and demanding mission profiles presented before us,” said Steve Suttles, vice president and managing director of sales in the Middle East and Africa. “We are delighted BBM Inc. has selected these aircraft to make a positive impact on the Middle East and anticipate many more entering the region.”
The Bell 407GX delivers power and speed with a smooth, quiet ride and a spacious cabin that accommodates six passengers. The aircraft also features the fully-integrated Garmin G1000H™ flight deck, providing critical flight information at a glance for greater situational awareness and increased safety. The Bell 407GX flight deck’s high resolution LCD screens host primary flight and multi-function display information, including Helicopter Terrain Awareness Warning System, Helicopter Synthetic Vision Technology™, Traffic Information Systems and more. The Bell 407GX also features a tail rotor camera, allowing the pilot a clear view of the tail during take-offs and landings.
“We chose the Bell 407GX because of its advanced features, unprecedented reliability and performance capabilities in the extreme operating conditions of the Middle East.” Added Hees. “Bell helicopters have a proven performance track on all continents of the world and have been noted as some of the longest-serving workhorses of the industry. Generations have grown to depend on Bell to deliver them what they need most in places where other aircraft could not.”