Columbia Helicopters acquires ten heavy-lift helicopters

Columbia Helicopters has acquired ten helicopters from the Swedish Department of Defense, including six Boeing Vertol 107-II and four Kawasaki Vertol 107-II helicopters.
Columbia Helicopters 107-II in Alaska

Columbia Helicopters Kawasaki Vertol 107-II in Alaska (Photo: Columbia Helicopters)

The company 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.”

“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.

Terry Spruce

Terry is Senior News Editor and writes for both Corporate Jet Investor and Helicopter Investor. He is also responsible for our helicopter guides. Terry has been an aviation enthusiast since the early 1970s. He is a lapsed Private Pilot and ex-Piper Cherokee owner. He has flown a number of light aircraft and is comfortable sitting in the co-pilot's seat or the back of any aircraft. Before moving to journalism he was a banker for 20 years. You can contact him at: terry@corporatejetinvestor.com or follow him on twitter @Terry_Spruce

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