Thursday, August 20, 2009

Russia to Deliver 20 Mi-171s to UAE-based Airfreight Aviation Ltd

Russian Helicopters, JSC, is to deliver 20 Mi-171 helicopters to the Sharjah, UAE-based Airfreight Aviation Ltd. A contract to that end has been signed at the MAKS 2009 airshow between the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant – the manufacturer of the helicopter– and Airfreight Aviation Ltd. The Mi-171 helicopters in transport configuration will be delivered to the customer in 2010.

The Middle East is a blooming market for Russian Helicopters – manufacturing enterprises within its framework have signed contracts with Airfreight Aviation Ltd. for a total of 70 Mi-171s over the past two years. A joint venture to be established by Russian Helicopters and Airfreight Aviation Ltd. will handle service and maintenance.

“This contract has greatly boosted our presence in the region,” states Andrei Shibitov, CEO, Russian Helicopters. “Our next step is to establish a joint service and maintenance venture for Russian-made helicopters. Russian Helicopters is aiming at moving from selling its products proper to selling the entire lifecycle of its products.”

The Mi-171 is the ideal choice in countries with difficult operational environments. It is very reliable and easy to maintain. This makes it particularly attractive for operators in the Middle East, where over 100 Mi-171s are already successfully employed.


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