Bell highlights Middle East appeal of new 505

With the first flight of its new light single-engined 505 Jet Ranger X under its belt, Bell Helicopter arrives at MEBA confident it can add to the backlog for the type in the region.

The maiden sortie for the new rotorcraft took place in Mirabel, Canada on 11 November and Bell has a full-size mock-up of the 505 on display in Dubai.

So far it has 19 commitments for the Turbomeca Arrius 2R-powered Jet Ranger X from customers in the Middle East and Africa, says Steve Suttles, the airframer’s vice-president of sales for the region.

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