Bell Textron has announced the recent delivery of two Bell 407GXi helicopters to Shin-Nihon Helicopters in Japan. Shin-Nihon is the first Japanese operator of the 407GXi.
The new aircraft will be used to carry out powerline patrol missions for electric power companies.
The 407GXi is equipped with a Garmin G1000H NXi flight deck and powered by a Rolls-Royce M250-C47E/4 turbine engine with dual-channel FADEC.
Jacinto Monge, managing director for Bell North Asia, commented: “The Bell 407GXi builds on its heritage as a helicopter that is known for responsive and smooth operation, versatility and efficient engine power. Coupled with low operating costs, the Bell 407GXi is the ideal choice for Shin-Nihon Helicopters, whose focus is on conducting their utility missions safely and efficiently.”
Established in 1960, Shin-Nihon is a long-standing Bell customer. It has an all-Bell fleet that includes Bell 206, 412 and 427 helicopters.