The Bell 407GXi light single helicopter has secured type certification in China, paving away for local deliveries of the type.

“We are pleased that Bell has received the Chinese validation of the Bell 407GXi type certificate which will enable us to begin delivering our most advanced Bell 407 model to Chinese customers,” says Jose Jacinto Monge, managing director of Bell North Asia.

“The validated type certificate will pave the way for deliveries of the 407GXi to customers in China right after the lunar new year, and showcases the excellent working relationship between FAA, CAAC, and US aircraft manufacturers such as Bell.”

Flight Fleets Analyzer shows that there are 152 Bell-produced helicopters in service in China, with orders for 49 more. Bell 407s dominate the company’s China business with 79 in service and 41 on order.