Bell Helicopter and Textron Aviation Inc., Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) companies, announced today their joint presence during India Aviation Exhibition and Conference, March 16-20, at Begumpet Airport, in Hyderabad, India.
“In India, our focus is to build regional connectivity with the Bell Helicopter product line and helicopter operations together with the Caravan and King Air platforms of Textron Aviation,” said Inderjit Sial, President and Managing Director, Textron India. “Bell Helicopter’s relationship with Dynamatic Ltd., for manufacturing parts of the Bell 407 cabin, is actively working toward strengthening the aerospace industry in the region and aligns our vision with the ‘Make in India’ program. In addition, as India’s aviation industry has witnessed growth by 20 percent in 2015, it is expected to get a further boost with the new civil aviation policy. This should help promote the central idea of ease of doing business with a review on operative clearances required for medi-evacuation and helicopter and aircraft certification process by the DGCA.”
Subject matter experts will be available to discuss a broad range of aerospace and defense capabilities available at the Textron static exhibit (Chalet #3).
Bell Helicopter has maintained a solid presence in the Asia-Pacific region for more than 30 years, with an installed fleet of more than 1,000 helicopters serving multiple mission segments. At the show, Bell Helicopter invites attendees to discuss its modern commercial product line and see how the diverse product portfolio is serving the region.
“India remains an important region for Bell Helicopter to develope and grow our balanced business,” said Sameer Rehman, Managing Director of Asia Pacific. “We continue to see a lot of diversity throughout the region, and we are committed to making investments in our aftermarket support offerings and our products to meet the growing needs of our customers.”
Textron Aviation will highlight its special missions and commercial capabilities at the India Aviation event in Hyderabad this week. The company will display a special missions-configured Cessna Grand Caravan EX and a Beechcraft King Air 350i.
Textron Aviation continues to penetrate the market in India with its class-leading, innovative and broad product line. From the rugged and reliable Cessna Caravan to its recently enhanced Beechcraft King Air products, these platforms dominate the turboprop market in India. Both aircraft have proven to be ideally suited to the region’s market conditions because of their ample range, high payload, low operating costs, broad range of special mission capabilities, and the ability to operate into and out of short, unimproved runways found throughout the region
In the past several years, Textron Aviation has invested heavily in these platforms to ensure they include the latest technology and performance capabilities in order to meet customers’ mission requirements in India and throughout the world.
A favorite among private and commercial operators in the region is the Cessna Caravan. This rugged utility aircraft was designed for use in remote areas with extreme weather changes, mountainous terrain, and rough landing conditions. It can be found throughout India in roles such as regional carriers, aircraft charter, cargo services and special mission operations. With the Caravan’s high dispatch reliability rate and low operating costs, the commuter option offers a viable and reliable solution to meet the needs of enhanced regional and remote connectivity throughout the region. Also gaining interest is the amphibious Caravan, which is well suited to meet the growing tourism and transport needs along India’s coastal locations.
In addition to the popular Caravan series, Textron Aviation’s Beechcraft King Air turboprop family is the most widely utilized business aircraft in India with more than 60 aircraft currently in operation throughout the region in roles such as VIP transport, charter operations and air ambulance missions. Known for its reliability, versatility, and dependability, the company recently improved on this proven platform by incorporating new, state-of-the-art technology both in the cockpit and cabin. The new Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics system is now standard equipment for all three models – bringing commercial aviation’s first full touchscreen capability to all three main flight displays. This one-of-a-kind, intuitive flight deck interface enhances the flight experience while reducing pilot workload. In addition to the avionics, the company made enhancements to the King Air’s cabin technologies, which offer an improved and connected passenger experience.
About Bell Helicopter
Bell Helicopter, a wholly owned subsidiary of Textron Inc., is an industry-leading producer of commercial and military, manned and unmanned vertical-lift aircraft and the pioneer of the revolutionary tiltrotor aircraft. Globally recognized for world-class customer service, innovation and superior quality, Bell’s global workforce serves customers flying Bell aircraft in more than 120 countries. More information is available at www.bellhelicopter.com.
About Textron Systems
Textron Systems’ businesses develope and integrate products, services and support for aerospace and defense customers, as well as civil and commercial customers including those in law enforcement, security, border patrol and critical infrastructure protection around the globe. Harnessing agility and a broad base of expertise, Textron Systems’ innovative businesses design, manufacture, field and support comprehensive solutions that expand customer capabilities and deliver value. Textron Systems consists of its Advanced Information Solutions, Electronic Systems, Geospatial Solutions, Lycoming Engines, Marine & Land Systems, Support Solutions, TRU Simulation + Training, Unmanned Systems and Weapon & Sensor Systems businesses. More information is available at www.textronsystems.com.
About Textron Aviation Inc.
Textron Aviation Inc. is the leading general aviation authority and home to the iconic Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker brands, which account for more than half of all general aviation aircraft flying. The Textron Aviation companies include Cessna Aircraft Company and Beechcraft Corporation, bringing together decades of unmatched experience in designing, building and supporting airplanes. It provides the most versatile and comprehensive general aviation product portfolio in the world through five principal lines of business: business jets, general aviation and special mission turboprop aircraft, high-performance piston aircraft, military trainer and defense aircraft, and a complete global customer service organization. Its broad range of products include such best-selling aircraft as Citation and Hawker business jets, King Air and Caravan turboprops and T-6 military trainer aircraft, all of which are backed by the industry’s largest global service network. For more information, visit txtav.com.com.
About Textron Inc.
Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems. More information is available at www.textron.com.
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