Bell, CALSTAR Sign Four Aircraft Deal
The new 429 Aircraft to Support EMS Mission
Fort Worth, TX.- Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced the sale of four of its new 429 model aircraft to California Shock Trauma Air Rescue (CALSTAR), a regional 501(c)(3) non-profit helicopter ambulance service.
Bob Fitzpatrick, senior vice president for Marketing and Sales at Bell stated, “Since the 429 was designed with input from our EMS customers, it is especially gratifying to see a company the caliber of CALSTAR recognize the potential of this aircraft and we look for a long and satisfying relationship with them going forward.”
Joe Cook, president and CEO of CALSTAR said, “We are very excited about the additional capabilities the new Bell 429s will bring to our operation. In addition, Bell’s reputation for building safe and reliable helicopters combined with their excellent record of customer support, weighed heavily in our decision to purchase the 429.”
The 429, currently in flight test, will begin customer deliveries late in 2008. Since its introduction into the marketplace the Bell 429 has seen an ever increasing order backlog that now stands well over 200.
Mike Coulman, Bell’s regional sales manager added, “CALSTAR has a very diverse operating environment that extends from the coast up into the higher elevations of Central and Northern California. Their new Bell 429’s will provide them with scheduling flexibility to operate reliably throughout the region.”
Since CALSTAR commenced flight operations in August of 1984, over 34,000 critically injured or ill patients have been transported on an emergency basis to hospitals throughout Northern California.
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