Somon Air to buy helicopters from Airbus. How much do they cost?

Private Tajik airline named Somon Air wants to buy five helicopters from the Franco-German Airbus Helicopters, which is part of the Airbus Group.

The corresponding agreement was signed by the parties on November 7 as part of the official visit of Tajik President Emomali Rahmon to Paris.

It has not yet been announced which particular Airbus Helicopters models the Tajik air carrier intends to buy, but just a few days ago, Kazakh media reported that Somon Air had acquired the first Airbus Helicopters helicopter.

It was noted that the helicopter was assembled by the Eurocopter Kazakhstan Engineering joint venture (50% of JSC NK Kazakhstan Engineering – 50% of Airbus Helicopters).

Eurocopter Kazakhstan Engineering is the only company in the CIS that is engaged in the sale of H145, H130, H125 helicopters and related services (training of flight personnel, maintenance) in the Kazakh market and the CIS (Tajikistan, Russia, Kyrgyzstan and Mongolia).

The first such helicopter – H125 – has already been bought by Somon Air. It is designed for five passenger seats, the airline plans to use it, primarily for business purposes and tourism.

Such a machine, on average, costs more than $ 3 million.

What helicopters does Airbus Helicopters produce?

Airbus Helicopters – a Franco-German company, one of the leading manufacturers of helicopters in the world, until recently was called Eurocopter and was part of the EADS corporation (today – the Airbus Group).

Before the formation in 1992, helicopters in Europe were produced by two firms – the German MBB and the French Aerospatiale. It was as a result of their merger that Eurocopter appeared.

The company has subsidiaries, representative offices around the world, in particular in the USA, where factories produce products for the American market. It produces civilian and military helicopters with a maximum take-off weight of up to 12 tons.

The AS 350 Ecureuil helicopter is the only helicopter in the world that landed on top of Mount Everest.

The cost of the helicopter as standard is US $ 1.8 million.

An interesting creation of Airbus Helicopters is the multifunctional innovative mid-range helicopter H160.

This is the first helicopter in the world with a body made of composite materials. It uses a new generation of turboshaft engines. It is estimated at $ 15 million.

The H135 helicopter is highly reliable. Advanced cab equipment has been enhanced to meet the most stringent customer requirements, providing an unprecedented level of safety.

The helicopter is a multi-functional platform, which allows it to be used for a wide range of missions in the field of medical aviation, search and rescue operations and emergency response. The cost of this helicopter is US $ 4.5 million.

One of the new developments is the H130 multipurpose helicopter, which is used for various tasks, including for VIP charters, for medical purposes, etc. A spacious cabin is designed for one or two pilots and 7-6 passengers. It costs US $ 3.6 million.

H120 (“Hummingbird”) is a light helicopter, characterized by flexibility, ease of operation and excellent value for money. Due to its compactness, reliability and ultra-low noise level, this helicopter is an ideal choice for city flights and is popular with private and corporate clients. The price is US $ 1.9 million.

The newest representative of the class of 4-ton twin-engine H145 helicopters is characterized by a relatively small length and diameter of the propeller, which in combination with a spacious cabin provides the possibility of its multi-purpose use. A large overhaul life reduces operating costs. It costs US $ 5.5 million.

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