HeliVert to assemble AW139s in Russia
HeliVert will assemble the helicopters which will be delivered to UTair
Helicopters and AgustaWestland recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a
planned order of 20 AW139 helicopters to be assembled in Russia.
AgustaWestland and Russian
Helicopters have also recently announced the establishment of HeliVert, a joint venture
company which will assemble and deliver to UTair a batch of AW139
helicopters from its Tomilino plant in the Moscow region.
Andrey Martirosov, UTair chief executive said: “We are
sure that the replenishment of the Company fleet with modern AW139 aircraft
will enable UTair to increase the volume of operations by a multipurpose use of
these helicopters and their high level of reliability. Continuous modernization
of UTair helicopter fleet and qualification of UTair employees ensure our
leading position in the market of helicopter services.”
Bruno Spagnolini, AgustaWestland chief executive
officer said: “It gives us great pleasure to sign this Memorandum of
Understanding with UTair, strengthening our good working relationship with the
leading helicopter operator in Russia.
We are also delighted that the HeliVert facility will be officially opened in
October this year and will start to assemble the market leading AW139 in Russia,
strengthening the range of Russian helicopters available in the
HeliVert’s Tomilino plant, near Moscow, will have the capacity to assemble
up to 20 helicopters per year, with production to start later this year.