Russia’s UTair completes Mil Mi-8AMT deliveries

Russian Helicopters delivered two final Mil Mi-8AMTs to UTair Russia’s largest helicopter operator's fleet of Mil Mi-17s grew to 112 helicopters (UTair)

Russian Helicopters delivered final two Mil Mi-8AMTs to UTair-Helicopter Services, completing an order for eight multipurpose helicopters placed last June.

UTair, Russia’s largest civil helicopter operator, plans to use them for passenger and cargo transportation in the interests of clients from oil and gas industry, the manufacturer and the airline said in a joint statement. With latest addition, company’s Mi-17 family fleet (which includes Mi-8AMT) grew to 112 helicopters.

The rotorcraft produced by Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant are equipped with external auxiliary fuel tanks to increase range for longer missions. The navigation system has been enhanced with a BMS-indicator satellite navigation system.

Last year Mi-17s operated by UTair group’s companies have jointly logged a total of 65,000 flight hours, with 30,000 hours flown abroad, a 3.5 times more than in 2016, the operator revealed.

The contract between Russian Helicopters and UTair for the financial lease of the eight helicopters was signed in July 2017. The first six rotorcraft were delivered in December last year. Four are used to serve customers from oil and gas industry with another two — for medevac missions.

As part of on-going fleet modernization program Tyumen-headquartered company is scheduled to receive two Mil Mi-171A2 medium-class multirole helicopters as well as four Airbus Helicopters H125 light single-engine helicopters (formerly AS350 В3), the latter under the contract signed with European manufacturer in the fall of 2017. These deliveries are expected in the period between May and mid-summer this year.

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