Company Reports 35 Orders Over Three Days In Orlando
As ANN readers know, the National Business Aviation Association
held its annual convention last week in Orlando, FL -- and for Bell
Helicopter, it was a record breaking show, as the company reports
it took orders for 35 aircraft during the three-day convention,
more than tripling its NBAA order number from last year.
Bell took orders for two-206Bs, 18-407s, 13 of their new 429s,
one-412EP as well as an order for one used 206L3 during the
"To put this in perspective, at NBAA 2004, we had our best show
in decades and took orders for 10 helicopters,” explained
Bell Chief Executive Officer Mike Redenbaugh. "This year we
shattered that number. That in and of itself is fantastic, but the
fact that we took orders for so many helicopters at a predominately
fixed wing show is really remarkable. It shows that people are
really beginning to see the value of having a vertical lift
According to a company release, Bell attributes the success
they've had this year to the range of products the company
"Whatever the need whether corporate, offshore, firefighting or
law enforcement, tourism, utility or any other mission, we have a
helicopter that will meet the need," said Bob Fitzpatrick, Senior
VP for Marketing and Sales at the company.
Fitzpatrick said the company took aircraft orders from six
different countries, including Canada, Brazil, and New Zealand,
from private and corporate entities, as well as governments.
"...If our success at NBAA this year is any indication of
what’s to come," said Redenbaugh, "then Bell
Helicopter’s future is very bright."