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Norilsk Avia leases ten Mi-8AMT helicopters

29th August 2019 - 13:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Russian Helicopters has signed a contract with Gazprombank Leasing and Norilsk Avia for ten multipurpose Mi-8AMT rotorcraft.

The helicopters will be built at the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, and are scheduled for delivery between 2020 and 2024. 

‘It's the first time that we signed a lease agreement with Gazprombank Leasing, and we are very excited about it,’ Andrey Boginsky, director general of Russian Helicopters, said. 

‘The first two Mi-8AMT will be delivered to Norilsk next March, and will join the Norilsk Avia fleet.’

Boginsky added that the helicopters are equipped with modern avionics that are suited to operating in the harsh climatic conditions of the far north of Russia.

'New helicopters will allow Norilsk Avia to upgrade the existing aircraft fleet, average age of...which is 32 years,' Dmitry Pristanskov, Norilsk Nickel's state secretary and vice president, explained.

'For Norilsk Nickel, it is a contribution to improving transportation safety in the far north conditions and a more robust sustainable production of all group's enterprises.'

‘To update the fleet, Norilsk Avia has chosen a convenient tool that is leasing, the use of which becomes even more profitable in combination with targeted subsidy programmes of the ministry of industry and trade,’ Alexey Belous, deputy chairman of the Gazprombank management board, added. 

‘For Gazprombank, this transaction has become the first one at the helicopters leasing market, and we plan to continue developing this promising direction.’

The Mi-8AMT derives from the Mi-8T, but features a more powerful powerplant and modified avionics, plus a number of other design changes.

It is fitted with TV3-117VM engines and enhanced transmission, and can transport up to 23 passengers and cargo weighing up to 4 tonnes inside the cargo cabin or on an external sling. 

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