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Hawker Pacific Sells First Bell 412EPI Into Middle East

In a world-first, Hawker Pacific, the leading aircraft sales and product support company in Asia, Pacific and the Middle East, has secured the sale of a Bell 412EPI helicopter to Abu Dhabi Aviation. The aircraft is the first of its kind to be delivered worldwide and will be used for offshore oilfield support in the United Arab Emirates.

According to Bell Helicopter, Abu Dhabi Aviation has been operating Bell Helicopter aircraft for more than 30 years, flying more than 700,000 flight hours in Bell 412 and Bell 212 helicopters. Delivery of Abu Dhabi Aviation's Bell 412EPI will take place before the end of 2013. 

Paul Giles, Chief Operating Officer, Hawker Pacific Middle East Region, said: 
“This is truly a milestone event for Hawker Pacific, and comes at the conclusion of our regional demonstration tour of a Bell 412EPI aircraft. We find it crucial for customers and potential customers to experience the aircraft first-hand so they can make a sound decision on their purchase. In such an exciting aviation market as the Middle East, this inaugural sale is a sign of the region’s growing influence in the helicopter industry”. 

Khaled Mashhour, Commercial Director at Abu Dhabi Aviation said: 
"The Bell 412 platform has been a vital part of our operations for many years. We chose to add the Bell 412EPI upgrade to our fleet for increased performance in the demanding environment we fly in every day. A more powerful engine and improved situational awareness for our pilots are two key features of the Bell 412EPI that will provide the enhanced performance we are looking for." 

Danny Maldonado, Bell Helicopter's Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing said: "The delivery of the first Bell 412EPI is the culmination of a dynamic effort between Bell Helicopter and our customers to design, develop and produce an aircraft with increased performance for hot and high conditions, as well as improved safety and lowered cost of operations. We are honoured that Abu Dhabi continues to place their trust in Bell products after three decades and we take pride in providing them with the reliable aircraft their challenging missions require." 

First introduced in March 2013, the Bell 412EPI improves the Bell 412EP platform with the Bell BasiX Pro™ fully integrated glass flight deck, providing critical flight information at a glance for greater situational awareness and safety. The Bell BasiX Pro™ system is specifically designed to meet the requirements of twin-engine helicopters and is optimized for IFR, Category A and JAR OPS3 compliant operations. The avionics suite also includes high resolution digital maps, electronic charts and approach plates, ADS-B transponder and optional HTAWS and XM satellite links. The new Bell 412EPI also incorporates the power of Pratt & Whitney's PT6T-9 Twin Pac® engines, providing 15 percent more horsepower than the standard Bell 412. The Bell 412EPI features the BLR Strake and FastFin® system, which modifies the tailboom to optimize airflow and improve handling, safety and lift.

Hawker Pacific is the appointed distributor for Bell Helicopter products throughout Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific and the Middle East. Follow @HawkerPacific on Twitter for the latest news and updates from Hawker Pacific.

Notes to Editor:

1. Hawker Pacific is a market leader in integrated civil and military aerospace sales and product support in South East Asia, Australia, the Pacific and the Middle East and is one of the largest independent companies of its type in the region with nearly 600 employees. The company’s Asian operations include established businesses in Singapore, China, the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Hawker Pacific represents some of the world’s leading aircraft manufacturers, including Beechcraft Corporation, Bell Helicopter, Diamond Aircraft and Mahindra Aerospace, and provides service support for a wide range of manufacturers. Hawker Pacific is also a primary dealer in used aircraft with networks to source, acquire and trade aircraft globally. 

Hawker Pacific is also Australia’s premier fixed base operator (FBO) with a network of facilities in Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, Singapore, Perth, Shanghai and Malaysia. The company’s FBOs offer VIP services and crew facilities, 24/7 on demand aircraft charter from a modern aircraft fleet, flight operations and total aircraft management. 

Hawker Pacific’s product support activities include MRO, structural modification and support services to a wide range of fixed wing aircraft and helicopters for corporate, charter, defence and special mission operators throughout the region. Other services include aircraft and engine maintenance, repair and overhaul, special mission aircraft modifications, design engineering, avionics parts and service, plus the provision of spare parts, exchange rotables and equipment sales.

2. 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 recognised for world-class customer service, innovation and superior quality, Bell's global workforce serves customers flying Bell aircraft in more than 120 countries.

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For more information please contact: 

Tony Jones
Chief Operating Officer – Asia Region
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