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Bell Helicopter Delivers First 407GX in Canada

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), today delivered the first Bell 407GX to be operated in Canada to Newfoundland Helicopters.

"We have a long and rich history with Newfoundland Helicopters and we're excited to share this landmark day with them. The 407GX is assembled at Mirabel, Canada, so it is particularly gratifying to see it take flight in Canada with Newfoundland," said Danny Maldonado, Bell Helicopter's executive vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing.

"Bell Helicopter has made significant investments in our R&D and manufacturing capabilities over the last five years. The 407GX is a prime example of that investment," said Maldonado. The delivery to Newfoundland Helicopters marks Bell Helicopter's 21st 407GX delivery since the Bell 407GX was introduced 14 months ago at the 2011 HELI EXPO annual convention.

Built on the success of the Bell 407, the 407GX is the only helicopter equipped with the innovative Garmin G1000HTM integrated glass flight deck, making it the most advanced light, single-engine rotorcraft on the market.

The Bell 407GX's integrated glass flight deck provides aircrews essential flight information at a glance for greater situational awareness, improved operational capability and increased safety.

"The Bell 407GX becomes our new flagship helicopter. It provides us with unparalleled flexibility and will expand our already versatile range of service offerings within the mining, forestry, tourism, hydro and fire-fighting industries," said Jim Brown, president and owner of Newfoundland Helicopters. "Bell's renowned sales and customer was a big factor in our decision-making process."

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