BILLINGS, MONTANA (June 14, 2023): Billings Flying Service (BFS) performed final inspections and took delivery of six Netherlands Defense Ministry surplus Boeing CH-47D Chinook helicopters last week. The sale was approved by the Netherlands’ Defense Material Sales committee at the end of 2022.
“We are thrilled to announce the addition of these six CH-47D Chinook helicopters to our fleet,” said BFS President Nick Nenadovic. “This acquisition is a significant milestone in Billings Flying Service’s continuous pursuit of excellence. With the unmatched capabilities of the CH-47D and a strong BFS team, we are positioned to significantly enhance our aerial firefighting and heavy lift operations. This fleet expansion also demonstrates our unwavering commitment to safeguarding lives, protecting property, and providing reliable heavy lift solutions in the face of challenges. This is an exciting year with tremendous opportunity, and we’re looking forward to putting these assets to work.”
All six CH-47Ds come equipped with glass cockpits, NVG compatibility, and auto hover features. Additional modifications will be performed at BFS’ Certified FAA Part 145 and AS9110C MRO facilities, which offer maintenance, repair, and major component overhaul capabilities to support both internal and external customers.
The sale included associated spare parts and device-specific test equipment. The aircraft are scheduled to arrive in Montana in late summer 2023.