ASESA’s 412s Surpass Fifty Thousand Safe Flying Hour Mark

Fort Worth, TX - February 14, 2006 - Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company and Aeroservicios Especializados S.A. de C.V. ("ASESA") officials announced today that ASESA’s 412EP fleet of 17 helicopters surpassed the 50,000 successful flight hour mark. Bell Helicopter submitted the 412 helicopter to fulfill the US Army’s requirement for a new Light Utility Helicopter, or LUH.

"We are tremendously proud to be associated with a company like ASESA," said Bell Helicopter Chief Executive Officer Mike Redenbaugh. "The paces they put their 412 fleet through 365 days a year, and the success they have with the helicopter is exactly why we offered the 412 to serve as the Army’s new LUH."

"With more than three million flight hours on our global 412 fleet, a proven relationship with our partner suppliers, and 12 straight years of #1 customer support recognition, we are ready to give the Army what they need to successfully accomplish their LUH mission," explained Stephen Eppinette, Army Business Development Manager. "Successful companies like ASESA are proving these facts day in and day out."

ASESA was established in 1977 and is currently the largest offshore operator in Mexico. It is part of the PROTEXA group of companies, a large, well-established group in Mexico, founded in 1945.

ASESA holds the contract from PEMEX Exploration y Produccio, Mexico’s national oil company to provide transportation of personnel and cargo from Ciudad del Carmen to offshore oil platforms.

"We purchased the Bell 412 because it is known for its reliability and best life cycle cost of operation," said ASESA Chief Executive Officer Humberto Lobo De La Garza. "In order to successfully perform our very demanding mission, we need a helicopter that is reliable, versatile and able to perform under extreme conditions."

In 365 days, ASESA’s 17-helicopter fleet flew 9,634 missions for 17,577 hours. They conducted 156,043 landing and transported 900,533 passengers. And they did all this without receiving one penalty from their customer PEMEX.

This demonstrated ability to get the mission done makes the Bell 412 the best, most proven solution to meet the Army’s LUH needs.

"We offer our sincerest congratulations to ASESA for reaching this 50,000 hour milestone," Redenbaugh said. "It’s a testament to their professionalism, commitment and their love of their business. We are proud to be part of their team."


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