Prominent Aviaition Enthusiast To Take First Delivery
Confirmed during a demonstration tour in Zhuhai,
China on Wednesday, Bell Helicopter announced it has received its
first customer order in the People's Republic of China for its
model 429 helicopter.
Sold to Mr. Ren Jianjun, a prominent industrialist from the
Hebei province, the order is the first Bell 429 scheduled for
delivery in China. Mr. Ren, an aviation enthusiast and pilot, also
owns and operates a Bell 206B-3 JetRanger.
Helping facilitate the purchase of the aircraft was Heliflite
"The Bell 429 was designed with a global mission scope, and is
particularly well suited for the multi-mission roles in the Asia
Pacific region, and in particular, China," said Larry D. Roberts,
Senior Vice President Commercial Business in a statement released
by Bell. "The 429 is truly a new force in the marketplace and will
appeal to the discerning customer who is interested in reliability,
performance and maintenance-cost containment. We are honored to
partner with Mr. Ren and bring the first 429 to the People's
Republic of China."
According to Bell customer response to the 429 has been "very
positive and interest continues to build among potential buyers for
its use in private operations, corporate transport and utility
missions, emergency medical services and for civil government
Bell 429 File Photo
The Bell 429 meets the latest requirements of Part 27
airworthiness rules, set in 2007, which are more stringent than the
requirements, set a decade or more ago, under which competing light
twins were certified.
Designed using the Maintenance Steering Group 3 (MSG-3) process,
the 429 is the only helicopter flying whose maintenance program is
approved by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and
In August, the Bell 429 continued its world tour in the Asia
Pacific region with customer demonstrations in Australia, Hong Kong
and China. More than 1,500 customers have experienced the 429's
speed, performance and spacious cabin firsthand during the world
tour, which is scheduled to continue later this year in Africa and
the Middle East.