Indian charter pioneer Span Air signs for second Bell 429
Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc company, on Monday announced that Span Air Pvt Ltd has signed an agreement to purchase its second Bell 429 chopper following a demonstration of the world’s newest helicopter.
Headquartered in New Delhi, Span Air is a pioneer in private air charter services that operates the light, single-engine Bell 407 as well as fixed-wing aircraft. An original 429 customer, Span Air is to receive its first new light, twin-engine helicopter this year. Its second 429 will be delivered in early 2011.
“The 429 is a great machine to fly,” said SK Malik, head of Span Air, who piloted the light twin on a demonstration flight during its recent tour of India.
“The Bell 429 clearly and comprehensively stands superior to twins from competing manufacturers in terms of range, speed, passenger cabin volume and comfort. The 429’s operating costs are most competitive, which will be very useful for charter operators.”
Span Air serves business executives and VIPs who need to travel to remote sites in comfort and privacy and to major cities on their own schedules.