Switzerland-based aviation company Karen SA has signed a purchase agreement with Bell Textron for two Bell 505s. As part of a strategic investment plan to modernise its fleet, Karen will use these aircraft for VIP and commercial flights as well as provide pilot training courses.
“We are excited to begin operating the 505 and offer this aircraft to our customers,” says managing director Luca Carlino. “The aircraft will modernise our fleet of Bell 206 aircraft. The Bell 505 provides excellent comfort and performance for passengers and pilots, along with modern avionics. We'd also like to thank Bell's independent representative, Centaurium Aviation. It was very supportive during the process of selection and evaluation of the aircraft.”
Karen was started by pilot Enzo Carlino in 1999. It is an aviation company that offers a wide range of services such as corporate transportation, helicopter management, pilot training, technical training and maintenance, repairs and overhaul.
“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,” adds Bell managing director, Europe Duncan Van De Velde. “We are proud to welcome Karen SA to the Bell 505 family and look forward to continuing our relationship with it.”