Billings Flying Service (BFS) is in final negotiations to purchase six Netherlands Defense Ministry surplus Boeing CH-47D Chinook helicopters.

The sale was approved by the Netherlands Defense Material Sales Committee at the end of 2022.

“We are excited for the opportunity to increase our CH-47D fleet as we position ourselves for global expansion,” said a BFS spokesperson. “We anticipate the contract will be executed within the next 30 days.”

Once the contract is signed, the aircraft will be transported to Billings, Montana, to undergo an in-house reset and modification program to support the company’s heavy-lift, aerial firefighting, and utility/infrastructure operations. Expected entry into service is late 2023 through 2024.

About Billings Flying Service

Celebrating 40 years in 2023, Billings Flying Service (BFS) is a heavy-lift helicopter solutions provider specializing in CH-47 Chinook operations in aerial firefighting, utility, and construction. BFS owns and operates an FAA 145, AS9110, and Boeing-certified maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) facility for the CH-47 Chinook, and an authorized Honeywell CH-46, 234, CH-47D and CH-47D+ Flight Control Systems (FCS) repair station, both of which support the BFS Chinook fleet, commercial CH-47 customers, the United States military, and foreign militaries. For more information please visit