Swiss airline buys two Bell 505s
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Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. company, announced the signing of a purchase agreement with Swiss airline Karen SA for two Bell 505s. As part of a strategic investment plan to modernize its fleet, Karen SA will use these aircraft for VIP and commercial flights as well as for pilot training.
“The Bell 505 is well suited to high altitude environments, making it an ideal aircraft for transport and training in Switzerland and other European countries with similar terrain and climates,” said Duncan Van De Velde, Managing Director, Europe, Bell. “We are proud to welcome Karen SA to the Bell 505 family and look forward to continuing our relationship with them.”
Karen SA was created by pilot Enzo Carlino in 1999. It is an airline that offers a wide range of services such as corporate transport, helicopter management, pilot training, training technical, maintenance, repair and overhaul.
“We are delighted to begin operating the 505 and to offer this aircraft to our customers,” said Luca Carlino, Managing Director of Karen SA. “The aircraft will modernize our fleet of Bell 206 aircraft. The Bell 505 offers excellent comfort and performance for passengers and pilots, as well as modern avionics. We would also like to thank Bell’s Independent Representative (IR), Centaurium Aviation. They were a great support during the aircraft selection and evaluation process.
There are more than 360 Bell 505s in service worldwide, including 65 in Europe.
Equipped with the only dual-channel FADEC engine in its class, the Bell 505 is extremely cost competitive, delivering more power in hot, high-altitude environments. Combined with state-of-the-art Garmin G1000H NXi avionics and an adaptable cabin design, the 505 is ideal for private charters, corporate executives, utilities, public safety, pilot training and more.
This press release was prepared and distributed by Bell Textron Inc.