Bell Textron, during a ceremony in Mirabel, Quebec, delivered a Bell 505 to BESTFLY, an aviation operator based in Angola, Africa.
BESTFLY was established in 2009 and today is Angola’s largest private aviation company, carrying out a range of services, including aircraft management and charter, catering, flight planning, transfers and flight handling.
“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.”
Pereira continues to explain the new 505 will be used for corporate transportation and sightseeing tours, among other missions. This is the first Bell 505 in Angola and BESTFLY plans to add another one to its fleet later next year.
“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, Bell Textron.
First launched in 2017, the light single Bell 505 helicopter reached 100,000 global flight hours in May of this year, followed by the helicopter type’s 400th delivery in August. There are currently 30 505s operating in Africa and the Middle East.