Bell has delivered the first electronic newsgathering (ENG)-equipped helicopter to China. The Bell 429, intended for Chinese national broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV), will also become the first ENG-configured 429 to enter service, according to a company spokesperson.
“It’s a great milestone for Bell to collaborate with the Chinese TV station,” said Jacinto Monge, managing director of the OEM’s northern Asia division. “We appreciate the support we have received from the media community all over the world.”
Reignwood, an independent Bell representative in China, will receive the helicopter and incorporate aerial photography systems before it officially enters service. Its CCTV-authorized subsidiary Reignwood Star will operate the rotorcraft.
“The Bell 429 is an extraordinary helicopter designed for multiple missions and it will help CCTV reach the scene of news first, which means a lot for media,” said Reignwood Star general manager and chief pilot Cao Wei. “We believe CCTV made the best choice.”