2-Sep-2019 Source: Russian Helicopters
Russian Helicopters Holding Company (part of Rostec State Corporation) and Polar Airlines concluded a contract for supplying seven modernized Ansat helicopters starting from 2021. The helicopters will be adapted for operation in the Far North conditions.
During the International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2019 held in Zhukovsky, on August 29 the parties discussed the results of developing a new design of an aircraft and signed a contract for supplying helicopters.
Based on recommendations of Polar Airlines, Russian Helicopters developed the new design of the helicopter which provides for keeping a machine outside a hangar, a longer flight range, an ice protection system and the possibility of performing instrument flights.
Polar Airlines will be a launch customer and an operator of upgraded Ansat helicopters. In accordance with the contract all aircraft will be able to carry medical modules, and these modules will be installed on three of them when the machines are supplied.
The machines will carry passengers within districts, and will also be used for providing air medical services, saving people, patrolling, eliminating emergencies and firefighting.
In 2017 and 2018 Russian Helicopters Holding Company provided Polar Airlines with five Mi-8MTV-1 helicopters whose performance and efficiency have already been proven in the conditions of the Arctic. Russian Helicopters holding company also tested Ansat helicopters at low temperatures in Yakutia.
Acquisition of new aircraft is a strategic objective of Polar Airlines which is the leading regional airline in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). The company carries passengers on planes and helicopters on local airlines and performs various types of aerial work.
The route network of Polar Airlines which operate in the largest subject of the Russian Federation with a low population density and harsh environment and climate covers the entire republic in 163 directions. The airline’s own fleet comprises 64 aircraft, including 27 Mi-8/Mi-8MTV-1 helicopters, which is 42% of the company’s active fleet.