Bell Helicopter has delivered three Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopters to China, the first to be available on the Chinese market. The helicopters were ordered in 2017 by Reignwood International Investment Group Company Ltd and represent the first three of 110 aircraft purchased by the authorised reseller. The Bell 505 was recently certified in the Chinese market by the Civil Aviation Administration of China. Bell celebrated the delivery with a ceremony at its facility in Mirabel, Canada.
“Our team in Mirabel is extremely proud to have built and to deliver the first aircraft to Reignwood,” said Cynthia Garneau, President of Bell Canada. “This is a very important milestone for Bell in [the] Asia-Pacific and we are thrilled to contribute to the development of the commercial rotorcraft industry in China.”
The Bell 505 Jet Ranger X is a five-seat, single-engine turbine helicopter. It is equipped with the Garmin G1000H Integrated Avionics Suite, the first helicopter in its class to incorporate the suite. It also features the Safran Helicopter Engines Arrius 2R with dual channel Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC).
“The arrival of the new Bell 505 Jet Ranger X builds on the success of the renowned Jet Ranger legacy in China,” said Jacinto Monge, Bell Managing Director for North Asia. “We are excited that customers will now be able to experience the new Bell 505 Jet Ranger X and we are looking forward to seeing many more taking to the skies as we continue to grow our footprint in China.”