Sat, Oct 02, 2010
UTair Signs Contract With Eurocopter Vostok
Russia’s UTair will acquire 20 AS350/AS355 light
helicopters in a new agreement that the rotary-wing aircraft
operator says extends its long-term strategic
relationship with Eurocopter.
The acquisition contract was signed by Andrey Martirosov, the
Director of UTair Aviation, and Eurocopter Vostok CEO Laurence
Rigolini, in the presence of Christian Gras, Executive Vice
president – Customers - for the Eurocopter Group. It covers
the deliveries of 20 single-engine AS350 B3 and twin-engine AS355
NP versions of Eurocopter’s Ecureuil lightweight helicopter
family beginning in the summer of 2011 and continuing through the
spring of 2013.
“The growth of UTair’s fleet with these 20 Ecureuils
will strengthen our leadership position on the worldwide helicopter
market, as these lightweight helicopters perfectly meet the highest
industry standards and are very welcomed by our customers in Russia
and worldwide,” Andrey Martirosov said.
This is the largest Russian order in the lightweight helicopter
category, according to Eurocopter Executive Vice President Gras.
“The implementation of this program illustrates a new level
of partnership between our two organizations, and inaugurates a new
era for the commercial use of Eurocopter single engine helicopters
in Russia,” added Christian Gras.
UTair has been operating Eurocopter helicopters since 2006. Its
fleet currently includes the following Eurocopter types - AS350B3,
AS355N and BO105 – which are flown in a wide variety of
missions that range from VIP services and oil/gas industry support
to medical missions. The company also is a launch customer for
Eurocopter’s EC175, with the intention to order 15 of these
medium-weight twin-engine helicopters, plus 15 options.
“The new Ecureuil order represents an outstanding
achievement in the further build-up of our relationship with this
strategic customer, and it confirms that Eurocopter products are
meeting the extreme operational requirements of UTair. In the
framework of UTair’s cooperation with Eurocopter, a certified
maintenance center and a training academy are being created at
UTair’s engineering base in the Tyumen – which will
improve the support of this Russian operator’s fleet, as
well, as for other customers in the country,” said Eurocopter
Vostok CEO Laurence Rigolini.
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