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Hillsboro Aviation Inc. will become the Airbus Helicopters exclusive commercial aircraft sales agent for the Pacific Northwest and Alaska under an agreement announced March 1 by officials of Airbus Helicopters Inc.
The exclusive sales agent agreement is the first authorized by Airbus Helicopters Inc. in the company’s 47-year history.
Based in Hillsboro, Ore. since 1980, Hillsboro Aviation has a proven history of serving the Pacific Northwest with helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft sales, repair and maintenance, charter services, FBO, avionics, and parts sales. Hillsboro has sold more than 1,000 helicopters and airplanes during that time.
The company operates a fleet of fixed-wing aircraft and 13 helicopters, including two Airbus Helicopters H125s.
“Through the years, we recognized that Airbus Helicopters had become the leader in the industry when it came to the design, performance and use of advanced technology,” said Max Lyons, president and owner of Hillsboro Aviation. “We’re excited to be able to offer our customers the broadest selection and most versatile product line on the market.”
Terms of the agreement provide for Hillsboro Aviation to act as the commercial sales agent for Airbus Helicopters products in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Colorado, Wyoming and Alaska. Hillsboro Aviation, which is building a new facility, will also expand its MRO [maintenance, repair and overhaul] and other capabilities for support of Airbus Helicopters models, Lyons said.
“We are pleased and excited to embark on this new relationship with Hillsboro Aviation,” said Treg Manning, vice president of sales and marketing for Airbus Helicopters Inc. “Hillsboro has a long track record of serving its customers well, and with their outstanding reputation for service and integrity, they will enable Airbus Helicopters Inc. to increase sales and improve customer support in the Northwestern United States.”
Hillsboro took delivery of its second Airbus Helicopters H125 AStar on Feb. 16 in Grand Prairie. That aircraft will be put into the Hillsboro fleet of aircraft doing utility work.
The company received its first H125 at Heli-Expo 2015, which is now ferrying supplies under Department of Defense contracts.
The agreement was announced March 1 at a ceremony at the Airbus Helicopters booth at Heli-Expo 2016, which is being held March 1 to 3 in Louisville. Airbus Helicopters is exhibiting at booth #9651, and Hillsboro Aviation is exhibiting at booth #10344.