Bell Helicopter deliveries increased in 2007

Bell Helicopter reported that its 2007 deliveries increased 14 percent over 2006.

Bell Helicopter (Ft. Worth, Texas), a Textron Inc. company, announced on Feb. 5 that 2007 saw another double-digit increase in the number of commercial helicopters delivered.

Bob Fitzpatrick, Bell’s senior vice president for marketing and sales stated, “Over the past few years we have been expanding our capacity in response to the marketplace demand for our products. In 2007 our deliveries increased 14 percent over 2006, which, in turn, was a 29 percent increase from 2005.”

“We ended December with a total of 181 new helicopters delivered to our customers. These deliveries represent every market segment and region of the world. Additionally we delivered 14 Huey II kits that provide significant new capabilities for our customers flying this aircraft,” Fitzpatrick added.

Bell has been experiencing unprecedented demand for its helicopters as fleet expansion and replacement activities have accelerated. Bell has previously announced the streamlining of its product line to help meet this demand and is taking steps to simultaneously increase its production capacity to match customer requirements and market demand.