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Bell, a Textron Inc. company, announced May 13 that Northern Vietnam Helicopter Company (VNH North), a subsidiary of state-owned helicopter operator Vietnam Helicopter Corporation, has launched the first ever helicopter tourism flights with the Bell 505 in Vietnam’s iconic Ha Long Bay.
Vietnam Helicopter Corporation and VNH North operate a fleet of modern helicopters providing utility and transport services across several industries such as oil-and-gas, tourism, air ambulance, search-and-rescue and VIP transportation. The company plans to offer point to point transfers from Hanoi to Ha Long Bay, charter flights, wedding photography, and aerial surveys with the Bell 505 helicopters.
“We are proud to be part of this historic milestone for Vietnam,” said David Sale, Bell’s managing director, Asia Pacific. “The Bell 505 is a great aircraft for tourism and is already flying tourists in Australia, Cambodia, Indonesia, and now Vietnam.”
VNH North has also selected to opt into Bell’s Customer Advantage Plans (CAP). CAP provide customers with comprehensive coverage solutions for their daily operations. The plans offer a fixed cost-per-flight-hour service option that protects customers’ budgets and their aircraft and increases aircraft availability at rates competitive to published direct maintenance costs.
With a speed of 125 knots (232 kilometers per hour) and useful load of 1,500 pounds (680 kilograms), the Bell 505 is designed to be safe and easy to fly while providing significant value to the operator. Forward-facing seats and large windows give all passengers outstanding visibility during flight while large doors make boarding and loading cargo easier.