Rostec, during the MAKS-2021 signed an agreement with UTair Helicopter Services for the delivery of 50 Mi-8AMT helicopters.
The agreement came to be signed between Director General of Russian Helicopters, Andrey Boginsky, and CEO of UTair, Andrey Martirosov. The delivery for the helicopters will start in early months of 2022.
“UTair is the largest operator of Russian helicopters and today’s agreement aimed at the timely and systematic airline’s fleet renewal. One of the agreement terms is to improve aircraft’s efficiency further operation, which will allow operating flights with a two-person crew. This option has been implemented successfully on another helicopter, the most modern Mi-171A2 whose first operator was UTair airline,” said Boginsky.
Flight and technical characteristics of Mi-8AMT provide transportation of up to 27 passengers and cargo up to 4 tons inside cargo cabin or on an external sling. With a wide range of additional equipment, Mi-8AMT helicopters can be used in transport, passenger, fire, sanitary, search and rescue and emergency versions.
“Our plan is to use 50 latest helicopters to carry passengers and cargo within the oil-and-gas projects framework in the ‘Vostok Oil’ of the PJSC ‘Rosneft’. We use Russian-made aircraft from Russian Helicopters in climatic. Together, we have managed to create a unique product for the world helicopter market with the highest level of flight safety at a minimum price for heavy helicopters. UTair already operates more than 100 helicopters from the modern Mi-17 family. The 50 new machines are an important part of our fleet management plan implementation, as outlined in the airline’s financial model. Fleet replenishment will bring a positive budgetary effect and will create many new jobs for pilots, engineers and ground service workers,” said Martirosov.