Boeing-Vertol 234

Derived from 114

Boeing built a total of 13 Model 234 civil Chinook helicopters; 6 for British Airways Helicopters (BAH), 3 for Helikopter Services AS in Norway, 1 for Atlantic Richfield (ARCO), Alaska, and 3 for the Taiwanese Army. One BAH machine was written off in a crash in 1986, the remaining five being sold to CHI. Donald Trump briefly owned the single ARCO machine before selling it to Columbia Helicopters Intl. C-FHFH was a CHI machine leased to Helifor when it was written off in a crash in 1997. CHI now owns 8 of the 13 Boeing 234s produced. The Taiwanese Army transferred its three to the Taiwan Forest Service who further leased them to Air Asia for passenger, cargo, SAR, and fire-fighting work.

Model News

Armor Kit For Columbia Boeing 234 Chinooks, 27-Feb-18 : Heli-Expo 2018 LifePort, a Sikorsky company, delivered cabin and cockpit floor armor kits for Columbia Helicopters’ Model 234, the commercial equivalent to the Boeing CH-47 Chinook

Columbia Helicopters Chinooks Real Time Awareness, 22-Feb-17 : Columbia Helicopters has selected SkyTrac Flight Data Monitoring to improve real time awareness on their Boeing Vertol 234 Chinook missions

Derivatives & Versions

234ER 1978 One built for Atlantic Richfield (ARCO), Alaska for oil platform support. Sold to Donald Trump for Trump Airlines. Later sold to Colmbia Helico ...
234LR 1980 Six built for British Airways Helicopters (BAH) and two built for Helikopter Services, AS of Norway. One BAH machine w/o in a crash in 1986, the ...
234UT 1982 Columbia Helicopters Intl conversion of nine 234ER/LR airframes to utility configuration. One lost in crash near Comox, Canada in 1997.
234MLR 1984 Three built for Taiwan Army (ostensibly to assuage PRC sensibilities about selling a military Chinook to Taiwan). All three transferred to Nation ...
234Combi 1996 Boeing designed Combi passenger/freight version of 234. None built.

List of Operators of Boeing-Vertol 234

From Organisation with model 234
united kingdom British Airways Helicopters
    234LR 1981/86
norway Helikopter Service
    234LR 3 1984/95
usa Columbia Helicopters
papua new guinea CHI Papua New Guinea
    234LR 2 1989/   
ecuador ICARO, S.A.
    234UT 1 1995/   
taiwan Taiwan National Airborne Services Corps
    234MLR 3 2004/15
Construction Numbers on database of 234 or its versions


Construction Numbers

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C/NBuilt asYearHistory
M-2013 234MLR 1986 US N244BV : Boeing 1986, to Taiwan
TW 7203 : Taiwan Army 1986-?
TW NFA-803 : National Forest Agency (?), Taiwan
TW NA-603 : NASC Taiwan by Aug12
US N249CH : CHI from 01jul16
MJ-001 234LR 1980 US N234BV : Boeing Vertol, for BAH
UK G-BJAC : BAH Feb81-Jan85; noted date unk
US N234CH : 234UT CHI from 1985
CA C-FHFH : 234UT Helifor, lsd from Columbia Helicopters; w/o 30oct97 at +
MJ-002 234LR 1981 UK G-BISO : Boeing 234LR, c/n MJ-002/B-817, ff?; Boeing test reg N2+
02may84 crashed in the East Shetland Basin, North Sea. +
US N235CH : Columbia, repaired and reg 23nov85; still 2007
23may18 first time airborne in 34 years; Will be deploy+
MJ-003 234LR 1981 UK G-BISR : Boeing 234LR, c/n MJ-003/B-818, ff?; del British Airway+
US N237CH : 234UT sold Columbia Heicopters International as N237CH, unk; +
PG P2-CHI : 234UT leased to Columbia Helicopter International, Papua-New +
MJ-004 234LR 1982 UK G-BWFC : Boeing 234LR, c/n MJ-004, ff?; del British Airways Heli+
MJ-005 234LR 1981 UK G-BISN : BAH May81-1986
UK G-BISN : BIH 1986-Apr89
US N238CH : CHI from Apr89
CA C-GHFP : Helifor Apr95-Jan96
US N238CH : 234UT Columbia Helicopters Jun98-Feb00, conv 234UT
CA C-FHFB : Helifor Feb00-Nov12
PG P2-CHY : Columbia Helicopters Papua-New Guinea, 2013
US N238CH : CHI from Dec14
08apr15 at S.P.I. Brownsville Intl airport
15apr16 at Love Field, Prescott, AZ being accompanied b+
PG N238CH : PNG from Dec16, remains N registered
PG P2-CHY : PNG from May17
MJ-006 234LR 1981 UK G-BISP : BAH May81-Jun89
US N239CH : 234UT CHI from Jun89; conv 234UT
CA C-GHFP : Helifor Sep93-Jan94, lsd
US N239CH : CHI 1994-1999
CA C-FHFJ : Helifor Apr99-Jan00, lsd
US N239CH : CHI Jan00-May10
PG P2-CHK : CHI Papua-New Guinea from May10
2010 operating in Papua, New Guinea
16mar17 ferrying to Melbourne Australia, will ship back+
19mar17 at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Australia
US N239CH : CHI again from Apr17
Nov17-Mar18 firefighting in Chile
May18 firefighting for US Forest Service
MJ-016 234ER 1985 US N234BV : ARCO Alaska 1985~1989
US N224TA : Trump Airlines ~ 1989-1991
US N241CH : 234UT CHI at Portland, OR from Jun91; conv 234UT
1997 appear in the Film The Lost World: Jurassic Park w+
EC HC-CEN : ICARO, lsd again
US N241CH : CHI from Sep08; w/o 07jan13 crash at Amazonas jungle ne+
MJ-017 234LR 1984 NO LN-OMK : Boeing 234LR, c/n MJ-017/B-861, ff?; del Helikopter Ser+
US N246CH : 234UT sold CHI as N246CH, Sep95; conv 234UT unk; current.
CHI Converted to 234 Combi (19 PAK/UT) Via STC June 200+
15jun10 pictured operating firefighting bambi bucket n+
18aug13 at Ghazni, Afghanistan. Operating as an air ta+
05feb15 at Aurora, Oregon; 11feb15 still
PG P2-CHL : CHI Papua New Guinea Mar/Jul 2016
US N246CH : CHI from Jul16
08aug16 pictured (pic2) at Aurora State airport, Aurora+
23dec17 at camp HKIA Kabul, Afghanistan
MJ-022 234LR 1985 NO LN-OMA : Helikopter Services 1985-1995
US N245CH : 234UT CHI from Sep95; conv 234UT
US N245CH : CHI Apr08-Apr10
PG P2-CHJ : Papua New Guinea Columbia Helicopters from 2010; Aug16 +
04jun18 arrived at Essendon
04jun18 to Wagga Wagga
MJ-023 234LR 1986 NO LN-OMB : Helikopter Service 1986~1989, test serial N241BV
US N225RA : Trump Airlines ~ 1989-1992
US N242CH : 234UT CHI at Portland, OR from Sep95; conv 234UT
US N242CH : CHI from Oct00
MM-819 234MLR 1983 US N241BV : Boeing 1983, to Taiwan
TW 7201 : Taiwan Army 1983-?
TW NFA-802 : National Forest Agency (?), Taiwan
TW NA-602 : NASC Taiwan by Aug12
US N233CH : CHI from 01jul16
MM-820 234MLR 1983 US N243BV : Boeing 1983, to Taiwan
TW 7202 : Taiwan Army 1983-?
TW NFA-801 : National Forest Agency (?), Taiwan
TW NA-601 : NASC Taiwan by Aug12
US N240CH : CHI from 01jul16
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