Columbia Helicopters, February 26, 2013 - Columbia Helicopters is pleased to announce the acquisition of ten helicopters from the Swedish Department of Defense.
The aircraft, which includes six Boeing Vertol 107-II and four Kawasaki Vertol 107-II helicopters, will join the company’s fleet of heavy-lift helicopters working around the world. Columbia Helicopters is the world’s only commercial operator of these tandem-rotor aircraft, and intends to make application to add these aircraft to their FAA Type Certificate.
“We are excited to have these helicopters joining our fleet,” said Stan Wilson, President of Columbia Helicopters. “The Swedish military took very good care of these aircraft, and we look forward to putting them into operational status as soon as possible.”
Columbia’s crews have disassembled and shipped the first three helicopters, with the remaining aircraft arriving in the United States later this year. The company will reassemble and refurbish the helicopters, introducing them into their active fleet as quickly as business needs require them.
“The Vertol 107-II is the backbone of Columbia’s fleet,” added Wilson. “We use them for military support, logging, fighting fires, construction projects and on petroleum exploration projects around the world.”
Columbia Helicopters has the largest fleet of privately held, heavy-lift helicopters in the world, and is the global leader in commercial heavy-lift helicopter operations. The company also operates the Columbia Model 234 Chinook heavy-lift helicopter.