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Bell Delivers West Africa’s First Bell 505

Bell Delivers West Africa’s First Bell 505

Bell has delivered one of its Bell 505 helicopters to Angola’s BESTFLY, marking the first delivery of the type to an operator in West Africa.

The helicopter was handed over to its new owner during a special ceremony at the airframer’s Montreal Mirabel facility.

BESTFLY says that it will mostly be using the helicopter for corporate transport and sightseeing tours, although it will also be used on other types of missions as required.

“We’re proud to take delivery of the very first Bell 505 in West Africa,” said Nuno Pereira, CEO and founder, BESTFLY. “This addition to our fleet will add a new dimension to our service offering and showcases our commitment to further developing the aviation industry in the region. We will be using the new 505 for corporate transportation and sightseeing tours, among other missions. It’s a great aircraft that is incredibly easy to maintain and the customer service from the Bell team has been excellent.”

The company is planning to add a second Bell 505 before the end of 2022.

“Alcinda and Nuno Pereira are visionaries in aviation. They have built a formidable business spanning beyond Angola, and that will be further enhanced with the delivery of a new Bell 505,” said Sameer Rehman, Managing Director, Africa and Middle East. “This aircraft is once again proving its versatility and reliability in this market. We look forward to BESTFLY using the Bell 505 in many innovative ways for all the work they do in the region.”