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Bell Helicopter Furthers Market Presence at Aviation Expo China:  Agreements for 14 Aircraft Signed at Expo

BEIJING, CHINA (October 4, 2013) – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT) continues to expand its regional presence in China, announcing several recent purchase agreements with new and returning customers in the growing Chinese marketplace.
 
While at Aviation Expo China, Bell Helicopter signed an agreement to sell two Bell 407GXs to General Dynamic Aero Industry.

“The Bell 407GX continues to gain momentum in China,” said Chris Jaran, managing director, China. “Its range and capabilities, combined with the modern avionics package, make it an excellent choice for the Chinese market.”

 This agreement was signed one day after Bell Helicopter announced the sale of 12 aircraft to Reignwood Investment Co., Ltd.

“Our customers continue to diversify their operations and require aircraft that can meet multiple mission criteria,” said Jaran. “The versatility of Bell Helicopter’s aircraft makes them an ideal solution. We customized General Dynamic’s Bell 407GXs with a multi-mission configuration so they can take full advantage of the aircraft’s capabilities.”

Just prior the show, Bell Helicopter inked agreements for the sale of an additional four aircraft to the following companies:

·    Nanying – one Bell 407GX

·    Dayou – one Bell 407GX

·    Jiangxi-Tianren – two Bell 206L4s

Bell Helicopter’s industry-leading aftermarket support is another differentiator that customers factor into their purchasing decision.

“Customers are excited about our products, not only because of their versatility and quality, but because Bell Helicopter’s on-going support and service helps create the best value in total cost of ownership,” said Jason Johnson, director, Sales and Customer Support. “Our customer support engineers serve as in-region contacts to provide assistance, education, training and troubleshooting. In addition, we continue to work with our regional authorized Customer Service Facilities (CSFs) to ensure they have the training and resources necessary to support this growing market.”

About Bell Helicopter
Bell Helicopter, a wholly owned subsidiary of Textron Inc., is an industry-leading producer of commercial and military, manned and unmanned vertical-lift aircraft and the pioneer of the revolutionary tiltrotor aircraft. Globally recognized for world-class customer service, innovation and superior quality, Bell's global workforce serves customers flying Bell aircraft in more than 120 countries.
 
About Textron Inc.
Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft Company, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems. More information is available at www.textron.com.
 
Certain statements in this press release may project revenues or describe strategies, goals, outlook or other non-historical matters; these forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, and we undertake no obligation to update them. These statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause our actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including but not limited to changes in aircraft delivery schedules or cancellations or deferrals of orders and difficult conditions in the financial markets which may adversely impact our customers' ability to fund or finance purchases of our products.

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