Air Zermatt buys third Bell 429 configured for Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS)

Third Bell 429 aircraft selected for search and rescue operations in the Swiss Alps

Helicopter Bell 429 Air Zermatt © Ned Dawson – Bell Helicopter Textron Inc

Bell Textron Inc. announced a signed purchase agreement for a Bell 429 with Air Zermatt. This is the third aircraft configured with Bell HEMS to serve in the Swiss transport and rescue company’s active fleet.

Air Zermatt operates in one of the most demanding environments in the world to conduct search and rescue missionssaid Patrick Moulay, senior vice president, International Commercial Business, Bell. “The acquisition of a third Bell 429 for their HEMS missions is a true testament to their trust in Bell and its aircraft.

Air Zermatt has continuously evolved in its more than 50-year history and expanded its rescue operations from one aircraft to a fleet of eleven helicopters. Transport and tourist flights as well as rescue operations from simple to extreme can be carried out with this fleet.

Bell has always backed our operations with excellent aircraft and support. The Bell 429 is in a class of its own and continues to provide reliable, superior performance for our search and rescue missions‘ said Gerold Biner, CEO of Air Zermatt. “We look forward to adding another HEMS configured Bell 429 to our fleet and increasing our search and rescue support to the Swiss Valais community.”

Air Zermatt uses the Customer Advantage Plan Premier program for simple and straightforward maintenance cost plans. The plan offers customers budget certainty, access to Bell’s rotating parts pool and competitive pricing using a Bell authorized service center available worldwide.

The Bell 429 is the most successful Bell model in Europe in the Corporate, HEMS and Law Enforcement segments with more than 400 aircraft in service worldwide. Optimally designed for passenger mobility and emergency medical services, the Bell 429 offers the largest cabin space on the market for a light twin helicopter, with a flat floor and seating for seven passengers. Combined with smooth flight characteristics and high reliability, the cabin also comfortably accommodates two carry bags, another key benefit for HEMS operations.

Cologne, Germany, November 10, 2022

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