Purchase agreement includes option to purchase up to nine additional aircraft in the next three years
Fort Worth, TX (2 Nov. 2021) – Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced today the signed purchase agreement for six Bell 407GXi aircraft to GMR with delivery expected to be complete by 2023 and an option by Global Medical Response to purchase up to nine additional aircraft by the end of 2024 to expand HEMS operations in North America.
“Global Medical Response is the largest Air Medical Services operator in world, and we are proud they have put their trust in Bell and the Bell 407GXi to support their industry-leading operations,” said Jay Ortiz, vice president, Commercial Business, Americas. “We remain committed to GMR’s mission and look forward to supporting them now and into the future with the Bell 407GXi.”
GMR is an industry-leading air, ground, specialty and residential fire services and managed medical transportation organization with more than 38,000 employees. GMR delivers care through multiple operating brands, including Air Evac Lifeteam, Guardian Flight, Med-Trans Corp., and REACH Air Medical Services. These operations transported more than 125,000 patients in 2020. This latest order will add to GMR’s current Bell fleet of 214 helicopters.
“Our fleet of Bell helicopters is a big reason our air medical teams are able to provide care to the world at a moment’s notice, said Rob Hamilton, president of the GMR Alliances Group. “We value our relationship with Bell, and appreciate the reliability, safety and capability these aircraft provide.”
Bell proves its unparalleled support to the Helicopter Emergency Services industry with nearly 500 HEMS-configured aircraft operating daily, accumulating over 1 million flight hours. The Bell 407GXi provides critical capabilities when transferring patients with advanced avionics and communication suites through its Garmin’s G1000H NXi Integrated Flight Deck, complete with high-definition imagery and faster processors. The advanced displays offer increased brightness and clarity, faster startup and map rendering as well as connectivity to tablets and smartphones.
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We are pioneers. We were the first to break the sound barrier and to certify a commercial helicopter. We were aboard NASA’s first lunar mission and brought advanced tiltrotor systems to market. Today, we’re defining the future of on-demand mobility.
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