Largest Helicopter Delivery To Russia’s Utair Aviation
By Steve Hall
August 19, 2011 - Eurocopter has delivered the first of
20 Ecureuil family helicopters contracted last autumn by
Russia’s UTair Aviation in the largest acquisition of
its kind for the Russian and CIS market in the
lightweight helicopter segment.
The initial helicopter provided in this order which was
signed with the Eurocopter Vostok subsidiary is a
single-engine AS350 B3. It is to be followed by
deliveries of the enhanced AS350 B3e version, for which
UTair is the launch customer in Russia, along with the
twin-engine Ecureuil AS355 NP variant.
“UTair Aviation is actively involved in a wide range of helicopter operations including humanitarian missions for the U.N., charter flights to distant ant hardly accessible regions, surveillance and monitoring flights for oil and gas industry.
helicopter has a proven track record carrying out such missions,
and we are happy to expand our fleet with this high performance
machine; we believe that the AS350 B3 will be very helpful in
our job and will make it even more efficient”, said UTair
Aviation General Director Andrey Martirosov.
helicopters are to be used for passenger transportation, oil and
gas pipeline patrol missions, medical flights, and in external
load cargo deliveries. They will join UTair Aviation’s existing
Eurocopter-built inventory of AS350 B3, AS355 N and EC130 B4
rotary-wing aircraft, which have been operated by the company
since 2006, along with the BO105. Additionally, UTair Aviation
is a launch customer for Eurocopter’s new EC175, signing a firm
contract earlier this year for 15 of the medium twin-engine
latest Ecureuil deliveries to UTair mark another milestone in
Eurocopter’s relationship with this strategic customer as we
work in partnership to further evolve its operational
capabilities and develop the business base,” explained
Eurocopter Vostok CEO Laurence Rigolini. “In the framework of
this cooperation, a training academy and a certified maintenance
center are being created at UTair’s engineering facility in
Tyumen – which is fully aligned with Eurocopter’s commitment to
the safety and support of our customers around the globe.”
Eurocopter’s AS350 B3 is a high-performance, light single-engine helicopter adapted for extreme operating conditions, including at very high altitudes, and has the capability to transport heavy loads. The enhanced AS350 B3e version features an improved engine and new interior design, along with tail rotor modifications for additional ease of piloting.
The cost-effective AS355 NP is a versatile lightweight twin-engine helicopter with a proven design for utility work, public service and passenger transport missions. It provides high standards in Category A operations, with excellent performance and new equipment such as the Vehicle and Engine Multifunction Display (VEMD).
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