Metro Signs for Five Kopter SH09 Helos

 - July 23, 2019, 8:30 AM
A memorandum of agreement from Metro Aviation for five SH09s brings the backlog for Kopter Group's all-composite light helicopter to 70 units. Swiss-based Kopter also has LOI agreements for another 100 SH09s. (Photo: Kopter Group)

Metro Aviation has signed a memorandum of agreement with Kopter Group to purchase five SH09 helicopters following FAA certification, which is expected later next year. The cooperation between Metro Aviation and Kopter started in 2018, when the two companies worked on the design and completion of several interiors for the SH09, which were presented at helicopter exhibitions in North America. Metro’s commitment brings the total number of orders for the SH09 to 70 units, to which there are LOIs for another 100 to be added, Kopter said.

“We have become more familiar with the SH09 concept, and we've worked in conjunction with Kopter to develop interiors for EMS, airborne law enforcement, and tour operations, which Metro has rolled out to the industry in the last two years,” said Metro Aviation president Mike Stanberry. “Those interiors were very well received by the industry. The benefits of a twin-engine cabin with the purchase price and operation cost of a single-engine aircraft, along with exceptional performance, make the SH09 a very attractive option. It made sense for us to move forward with the MOA expressing our intent to purchase at this time.” 

Andreas Löwenstein, CEO of Kopter Group, said, “I am tremendously pleased to bring our cooperation with Metro Aviation to this new level and I am equally very proud that our helicopter is now slated to be included in the future fleet of an operator such as Metro Aviation who is recognized globally for their high level of expertise and service.”