Russia’s state leasing company signs deals for 20 Russian helicopters

Anton Borisevich (right), GTLK’s first deputy chief executive, signs a lease contract with Naryan-Mar United Aviation Squadron Anton Borisevich (right), GTLK’s first deputy chief executive, signs a lease contract with Naryan-Mar United Aviation Squadron (Leonid Faerberg / Transport-Photo.com)

Russia’s GTLK State Transport Leasing Company has announced leasing deals covering a total of 20 helicopters for domestic operators. The contracts are to be financed through the special government programme which assists in the renewal and expansion of those fleets of medevac services employed in the country’s remote areas.

Nine domestic operators will receive 11 Russian Helicopters’ Mil Mi-8 family transports and nine Ansat light rotorcraft. GTLK’s largest contract is with Russian Helicopter Systems, which is to receive five Ansats and, for the first time in its history, two Mi-8AMT heavy rotorcraft. The other lessees include Skol Airlines (three Ansats and two Mi-8AMTs), Yeltsovka (two Mi-8AMTs), Vyatkaavia (one Ansat); and one each of the Mi-8AMT/MTV-1 family will go to Naryan-Mar United Aviation Squadron, AeroGeo, PANH Helicopters, Vologda Air Company and Vityaz-Aero.

“We will take delivery of another 31 rotorcraft this year under the contract with Russian Helicopters,” reveals Anton Borisevich, GTLK’s first deputy chief executive. “Due to high demand, we intend to lease all of them out by year-end.”

Last year, GTLK delivered 29 helicopters to 17 operators under the medevac services programme, and signed lease contracts for six Ansats and 23 Mi-8s.

GTLK State Transport Leasing Company is one of the top 5 Russian leasing companies by volume of the leasing portfolio, an industry leader in the aircraft and water transport leasing sectors. The sole shareholder of the company is the Russian Federation represented by the Ministry of Transport.

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