Russia’s largest rotorcraft operator UTair – Helicopter Services will add four Airbus Helicopters H125 (previously known as Eurocopter AS350 B3) light single-engined helicopters in 2018, Oleg Semenov, the carrier’s deputy CEO for commerce, told Russian Aviation Insider.
The contract was signed in the fall of 2017. Deliveries are scheduled to start in April or May and continue until the middle of summer. According to Semenov, UTair currently has 21 AS350/AS355s aircraft.
These helicopters are used primarily for oil and gas pipeline and power line patrols, for transporting freights (including externally), and for passenger transportation, including in Siberia. Semenov projects the combined utilization rate of UTair’s AS350/AS355 fleet to grow by about 30% next year to 16,000 flight hours.