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Cambodia set to see its first Bell 429 with new purchase deal

written by Hannah Dowling | March 29, 2021
Artist impression of a Bell 429 with Chip Mong Group branding (Bell)

Cambodian real estate and banking conglomerate Chip Mong Group has come to an agreement to purchase a Bell 429 GlobalRanger helicopter from Bell Textron, making it the first sale of the aircraft in Cambodia.

Chip Mong, one of Cambodia’s largest and most diverse companies, has said it intends to utilise the six-seater Bell 429 twin-engine helicopter for both corporate transport and chartering services.

The 429 will join two other Bell aircraft, both Bell 505s, in Chip Mong’s growing fleet of helicopters.

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Chip Mong group president Neak Oknha Leang Meng said, “Our acquisition of the state-of-the-art Bell 429 demonstrates Chip Mong’s confidence in the Bell aircraft to serve our growing businesses. This Bell 429 combined with the other two Bell 505s in our fleet will allow us to serve our customers in the hospitality and real estate industry.

“It will also substantially contribute to Cambodia’s economic growth in line with the development efforts and guidance of the Cambodian government.”

Meanwhile, David Sale, managing director for Bell Asia Pacific, said, “We are honoured that Chip Mong has selected the Bell 429 as their light twin helicopter of choice.

“The Bell 429’s smooth and peaceful ride makes it perfect for executive business travel and relaxation, with ample storage and space for six people.

“Its remarkable flight performance coupled with its multi-mission pedigree make it best suited to the Chip Mong Group’s aim of providing exceptional quality.”

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According to Bell, over 400 Bell 429’s have been delivered around the globe since the light aircraft received its certification in 2009.

In a statement, the company said the Bell 429 is best known for its “exceptional speed, performance, range, and low life-cycle cost”.

The Bell 429 is often used by private and public bodies for a variety of missions including law enforcement, para-public, oil and gas, and corporate transport.

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