Bell to Build Magellan in Amarillo

Final assembly, test flights done in Panhandle

Tuesday, Jan 10, 2012  |  Updated 2:24 PM CDT
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Bell to Build Magellan in Amarillo

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The Bell 429. Photographs of the Magellan have not yet been released to the public.

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Bell Helicopter plans to build its next new commercial helicopter model at its facility in the Texas Panhandle.

A Bell Helicopter spokesman on Monday would not specify how many jobs could be created in Amarillo by work on the Magellan project. William Schroder declined to release further details, other than final assembly, product test flights and delivery of the Magellan will be done at the Amarillo facility.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports Bell Helicopter revealed the plans Monday in an e-mail from CEO John Garrison to employees.

The project, opting for Amarillo instead of a company plant in Mirabel, Canada, involves a larger, longer-range aircraft mainly meant for the offshore oil industry.

A spokeswoman for Fort Worth-based Bell Helicopter did not immediately return a message Tuesday from The Associated Press.

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