Utair to deliver heavy and bulky loads under contract with Airborne Energy Solutions Ltd of Canada

22 May 2006 (08:56)

Utair Airline is to deliver heavy and bulky loads to places of oil and gas fields development under a yearly contract with Airborne Energy Solutions Ltd. of Canada. The contract provides for delivery of loads by Mi-26 helicopter, mainly as an external load.

‘Utair Mi-26 helicopter entered the North-American airspace for the first time yesterday in order to operate within Northwest Territories of Canada. The helicopter started from Tyumen and reached its destination within 6 days, flying over Eastern Siberia, Chukot Peninsula and Alaska. Now it is deployed at the town of Yellowknife and has already begun the contracted operations,’ reported the company’s PR-department on May 19, 2006.

The Utair fleet embraces over 170 helicopters including over 20 Mi-26. Mi-26 helicopters can deliver up to 20 tons of external and internal loads for the length of up to 800 km. The ferry range of Mi-26 comes to 1800 km of nonstop flight.

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