Armenian Helicopters, a Yerevan-based start-up, has obtained its Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) from the country’s Civil Aviation Department, becoming Armenia’s first commercial helicopter operator. The company is expected to play a significant part in the revitalisation of general aviation and further foster tourism in the country.
Armenian Helicopters’ commercial director Aram Abovyan tells Russian Aviation Insider that the company was founded in 2017, initially with a Robinson R66 single-engine helicopter with Russian registration RA-05788. The government of Armenia supported the project by providing tax advantages for aircraft imports, thus enabling the operator to consider the purchase of an Airbus H130 in the near future.
The start-up operator will offer tourist, sightseeing and business charters within Armenia, as well as cross-border operations to neighbouring Russia, Georgia, Turkey and other countries. It also plans to provide sales, maintenance, management and crew training services for western-built helicopters.