Air Methods Buying 200 Bell 407GXP Helicopters

Bell 407GXP

Air Methods, one of the world's largest air medical transportation providers, announced an order for 200 of Bell's newly introduced 407GXP light single-engine helicopter for EMS duty at bases across the United States.

The order marks one of the biggest commercial sales in Bell Helicopter's history, not to mention one of the largest orders in the industry's history. Deliveries are scheduled to begin next year with a 10-year contract term, subject to early termination rights by Air Methods.

"Bell Helicopter has been a long-term supporter of our operations, and we could not be more pleased to continue our partnership, said Aaron Todd, CEO of Air Methods. "We rely heavily on our aircraft to support our promise of giving more tomorrows, and given the capabilities and performance of the Bell 407GX, it is the right fit for our needs."

Born in 1980 in Colorado, Air Methods is the oldest air medical operator in the world. The company started out with a single Bell 206 and has since grown to 300 bases of operations in 48 states operating 450 helicopters. The company provides air medical transportation for hospitals and communities nationwide and operates eight maintenance centers.

Derived from the Bell 407GX, the Bell 407GXP has an additional 50 pounds of payload capability and introduces the new M250 Rolls-Royce engine that improves performance and fuel efficiency, especially in hot and high conditions.

All of the Bell 407GXPs for Air Methods will be equipped with United Rotorcraft emergency medical services interior, designed for air critical care operations. The adaptable interior can accommodate a single patient or specialty transport, and includes the Articulating Loading System for patient loading.

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