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Spanish Private Owner is Latest European Customer for Bell 429

 - March 8, 2023, 8:34 AM
The Bell 429 can cruise at 151 knots and is a popular helicopter for VIP operations in Europe, as well as SAR, law enforcement, and EMS. (Photo: Mariano Rosales)

A private owner in Spain has become the latest European customer for Bell’s 429 twin-engine helicopter. On Tuesday, the manufacturer announced it has signed a purchase agreement for the aircraft, which will be operated by local sales representative World Aviation on behalf of the undisclosed client.

The 429 will fly corporate transportation and charter services in the Costa del Sol and other regions of Spain. World Aviation began in 2014 and has served as an independent representative for Bell since 2020.

The Malaga-based company specializes in passenger and cargo transportation, aerial work, and VIP transfers. It also offers pilot training, maintenance, engineering, and other operational services.

According to Bell (Booth B5504), the 429 has proved a popular choice for VIP operations in Europe, where it has delivered 90 of the aircraft. Operators in that region also include Heli Securité (France), Wucher Helicopter (Austria), and Starspeed (UK, Greece, and Cyprus). Swiss operators of the type include HeliAlps, Airport Helicopter, Air Zermatt, and Centaurium Aviation.

“The Bell 429 is continuing to showcase its breadth of abilities for our European customers—from law enforcement in Sweden and soon passenger transport in the Costa del Sol,” said Patrick Moulay, Bell’s senior vice president for international sales. “The combination of twin engines, IFR capability, and Bell’s BasiX-Pro integrated avionics means the 429 is able to fly in more locations and in a wide range of weather conditions, making it a highly versatile aircraft for corporate VIP missions in Europe.”

The aircraft is powered by a pair of Pratt & Whitney engines, each delivering 625 shp to provide a cruise speed of just over 151 knots. The 429 also flies missions including search and rescue, law enforcement, and emergency medical services. A total of 430 units operate worldwide.

Customers can opt for a more luxurious cabin by specifying the Designer Series interior, which includes special options for leather fittings, flooring, and metal finishes, as well as tailored consoles, door accent panels, and headliners.