15-Sep-2010 Source: Eurocopter
Eurocopter Vostok delivered the first EC135 T2i helicopters, part of a purchase contract for eight EC135 helicopters in passenger configuration, to Gazpromavia at Eurocopterâ€™s facility in DonauwÃ¶rth, Germany. This EC135 is the first Eurocopter helicopter equipped with Russian-built mission avionics, produced by Transas Aviation â€“ a leading Russian avionics manufacturer based in St. Petersburg.
Victor Rakhmanko, head of the transport division of Gazprom, Andrey Ovcharenko, general director of Gazpromavia, Wolfgang Schoder, CEO of Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH and Laurence Rigolini, CEO of Eurocopter Vostok were all present at the handover ceremony.
â€œThe EC135â€™s introduction into our fleet is a milestone event for Gazpromavia, and its Russian content has enabled the perfect customization of this reliable and efficient helicopter to our operational needs,â€ said Gazpromaviaâ€™s general director Andrey Ovcharenko. â€œWe plan to extend our strategic partnership with Eurocopter â€“ particularly in the field of training services â€“ which will be in addition to the operations support and maintenance provided by the company in our facility at Ostafievo airport.â€
Gazpromavia is the general air carrier of Russiaâ€™s Gazprom energy company and is one of the countryâ€™s 10 largest airlines.
â€œWe can confidently state this contract lays the foundation for long-term fruitful cooperation between Gazpromavia, Eurocopter Vostok and Transas Aviation,â€ said Nikolai Lebedev, the president of Transas group. â€œNot only are such contracts of interest to the participating parties, they also confirm the potential of Russia in the field of avionics development and manufacturing.â€
Laurence Rigolini said the EC135 T2i helicopters will be operated in challenging weather conditions throughout Russia. Eurocopter Vostok is Eurocopterâ€™s subsidiary that provides sales, customer support and fleet follow-up for the companyâ€™s helicopters in Russia and the CIS. â€œWe eagerly look forward to the first operational results with the EC135 T2i,â€ she added. â€œThis mutual program will contribute to strengthening our footprint in Russia, and we are confident these helicopters will fly high in Gazpromaviaâ€™s colors throughout the countryâ€™s skies.â€
The twin-engine EC135 is a highly sophisticated, multi-purpose helicopter featuring cutting-edge technology that makes it the perfect choice for various missions with operators worldwide. To date, Eurocopter has delivered more than 850 EC135s to customers in 40 different countries.
Gazpromavia is one of the leading helicopter operators in Russia, with the fleet of 108 rotary-wing aircraft â€“ mainly of Russian manufacture. Since 2006, Gazpromavia has operated Eurocopterâ€™s EC120, and a maintenance center for Eurocopter helicopters was created at its facility in Ostafievo.
About Transas Aviation
Transas Aviation is a leader in the field of avionics, navigation software and flight simulators of all certification levels. The company has its own production and test laboratory facilities, and it acquires all the necessary licenses and certificates. Transas Aviation is a subsidiary of the Transas group of companies, which occupies a leading position on the global market in the development and manufacture of systems and equipment to ensure safety for sea, rail and air transport.
About Eurocopter Vostok (www.eurocopter.ru)
Eurocopter Vostok, a 100% wholly-owned subsidiary of Eurocopter SAS, was created in 2006 to provide sales, customer support, and to implement fleet follow-up in Russia and CIS. More than 70 Eurocopter helicopters currently are operating throughout Russia, with more than 50 in CIS countries â€“ bringing the Eurocopter Groupâ€™s share of the Russian gas turbine market for Western turbine-engine helicopters to 70 percent.
About Eurocopter (www.eurocopter.com)
Established in 1992, the Franco-German-Spanish Eurocopter Group is a division of EADS, a world leader in aerospace, defense and related services. The Eurocopter Group employs approximately 15,600 people. In 2009, Eurocopter confirmed its position as the worldâ€™s No. 1 helicopter manufacturer in the civil and parapublic market, with a turnover of 4.6 billion euros, orders for 344 new helicopters, and a 52 percent market share in the civil and parapublic sectors. Overall, the Groupâ€™s products account for 30 percent of the total world helicopter fleet. Its strong worldwide presence is ensured by its 18 subsidiaries on five continents, along with an extensive network of distributors, certified agents and maintenance centers. More than 10,500 Eurocopter helicopters currently are in service with over 2,800 customers in more than 140 countries. Eurocopter offers the largest civil and military helicopter range in the world.