Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. company, has signed a purchase agreement with Swiss aviation company 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 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. It is an aviation company that offers a range of services such as corporate transportation, helicopter management, pilot training, technical training, and maintenance, repairs and overhaul.

“The aircraft will modernize our fleet of Bell 206 aircraft,” said Luca Carlino, managing director, Karen SA. “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.

Equipped with the a dual-channel FADEC engine, the Bell 505 is cost-competitive, providing more power in hot and high-altitude environments. Combined with Garmin G1000H NXi avionics and adaptable cabin design, the 505 can be used for private charters, corporate executives, utilities, public safety, pilot training and more.