Bell Textron reached a purchase agreement with Swiss aviation company Karen SA for two Bell 505s. As part of an investment plan to modernize its fleet, Karen SA will use these aircraft for VIP and commercial flights, as well as provide pilot training courses.
“The Bell 505 is well suited for high-altitude environments, which makes it an ideal aircraft for transportation and training in Switzerland and other European countries similar terrain and climates,” said Duncan Van De Velde, managing director, Europe, Bell.
Karen SA was started by pilot Enzo Carlino in 1999. The aviation company offers a range of services like corporate transportation, helicopter management, pilot training, technical training, and maintenance, repairs and overhaul.
“We are excited to begin operating the 505 and offer this aircraft to our customers,” said Luca Carlino, managing director, Karen SA, who also thanked Bell’s Independent Representative for its support in the purchasing process. “The aircraft will modernize our fleet of Bell 206 aircraft. The Bell 505 provides excellent comfort and performance for passengers and pilots, along with modern avionics.”
There are more than 360 Bell 505s operating around the world, with 65 of those aircraft operating in Europe. The 505 is equipped with a dual-channel FADEC engine and Garmin G1000H NXi avionics.