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First Bell 505 in West Africa will land with Bestfly
Bestfly is to purchase two Bell 505s, the first such contract in Angola. The aircraft will be delivered separately in October 2022 and October 2023.
Bell MD Sameer Rehman; Bestfly MD Nuno Pereira and executive director Alcinda Pereira; Bell VP global sales LaShan Bonaparte; Africair regional sales manager Sanjiv Birsen; and Bell SVP international commercial business Patrick Moulay.
Read this story in our April 2022 printed issue.

Angola-based operator Bestfly has signed a purchase agreement and a letter of intent with Bell Textron for two Bell 505s. This is the first 505 sale in Angola and West Africa; the first aircraft is expected to be delivered in October 2022 and the second delivery date is expected to be October the following year. The aircraft will be used for corporate transportation around the country.

“We are proud to accept the delivery of the first Bell 505 in Angola and West Africa,” says managing director Nuno Pereira. “It will be a great addition to our fleet of aircraft. It exceeded our expectations with its large, customisable cabin and fully integrated high-tech features. With the purchase of this aircraft, we are demonstrating our commitment towards enhancing the aviation industry in Angola. The Bell 505 will be utilised in developing corporate transportation and sightseeing markets in the region.”

Bell managing director, Africa and the Middle East, Sameer Rehman adds: “Nuno and Alcinda Pereira embody the very spirit for which the Bell 505 was created, enabling extraordinary people to do extraordinary things. Their pioneering efforts in West Africa will be further enhanced with the entry of the first Bell 505 in that region. We are privileged to work alongside the Bestfly team as we begin our journey with the Bell 505 in West Africa.”

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