HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. – Hillsboro Aviation Inc., a leading provider of helicopter and airplane services and charter operations in the Pacific Northwest, has purchased its first new Airbus Helicopters aircraft and has signed an option agreement with Airbus Helicopters Inc. enabling it to purchase up to five more. Hillsboro has already taken delivery of its first aircraft, an industry leading AS350 B3e AStar.
In business since 1980, Hillsboro Aviation, is headquartered in Hillsboro, Ore. and has a strong track record of success in operations and services. The company's operations include helicopter and airplane charter services, aircraft sales, maintenance, avionics services and parts sales.
"We are thrilled to be able to work with a first-class organization like Hillsboro Aviation," said Treg Manning, Vice President, Sales & Marketing for Airbus Helicopters Inc. "Through strong leadership under Max Lyons, Hillsboro Aviation has become one of the most respected companies in the aviation industry and we are excited about their capabilities to operate, promote and provide services for the Airbus Helicopters product line."
"This is an exciting new chapter for Hillsboro Aviation," said President Max Lyons. "Our newly formed partnership with Airbus Helicopters Inc. marks the beginning of an enhanced focus on growing our capabilities to provide the highest quality products and services to our customers. Airbus Helicopters has a proven track record of providing high performance aircraft with the latest enhancements in safety and technology. We believe this will prove attractive to our customers and provide a strong growth opportunity for Hillsboro Aviation as we move forward."
Hillsboro plans to introduce the AS350 B3e into its contract and charter services fleet early this spring. The AStar will be put to work in a variety of utility roles, including firefighting missions for the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management.
"We are pleased to be partnering with Airbus Helicopters," said Ryan McCartney, General Manager of Hillsboro Aviation. "The purchase of a new AS350 B3e allows Hillsboro Aviation to expand its contract and charter services fleet with one of the best performing light single engine helicopters available on the market today. With the option to purchase five additional aircraft across the entire Airbus Helicopters portfolio of aircraft, we now have the capability to expand the Hillsboro Aviation fleet and offer improved services to our customers at attractive prices."