Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Bell Revamps Jet Ranger Brand With ‘X’ for New 505
|Before the curtain fell|
The previous day, Garrison had talked about “making progress and gaining momentum in our commercial business.” The OEM delivered 213 civil helicopters in 2013, up 12 percent from the 188 in 2012. Bell recorded revenues of $4.5 billion in 2013. He had referred to the Bell 505 short light single (SLS) Jet Ranger X as entering into a market segment that was “incredibly price-sensitive” and that the SLS would sell for around $1 million. He added that it would be attractive through its technology offering, including the Garmin G1000H avionics and the Turbomeca Arrius T2 engine.
As far as the Bell 525 Relentless was concerned, Garrison said that first flight is expected by the end of the year and that the “super medium” helicopter, with its fly-by-wire technology and CAT A operational capability, could be “best in class against a very wide range of competitors – AW139, AW175, AW189, EC225 and S-92 foremost among them. A strong claim to make under any circumstances.”
|After the curtain fell|
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