Somon Air to receive two Embraer E190E2 aircraft

Somon Air, Tajikistan, intends to lease two Embraer E190E2 aircraft. An agreement was reached on this with VTB Leasing Company, Russia.

According to VTB Leasing, the corresponding document was signed in Moscow, Russia, the day before. The Memorandum of Cooperation was signed by VTB Leasing CEO Dmitry Ivanter and Somon Air CEO Thomas Walter Hallam II.

“In the near future, within the framework of leasing financing, a project will be worked out to deliver two Embraer E190E2 aircraft to the air carrier,” the statement reads.

Mr. Ivanter expressed his hope that this cooperation with Somon Air will be successful and will increase the availability and safety of the air company’s air transportation.

At present, Somon Air is the fastest growing Tajik air carrier in Tajikistan, based at Dushanbe International Airport. The air company with its fleet of six aircraft operates international passenger flights from Dushanbe and Khujand, the report said.

“VTB Leasing is a leader in the Russian aircraft market according to Fitch and Expert RA ratings, and we are ready to actively explore all the possibilities, including through working with foreign partners. Our company has experience in structuring financial or operational leasing transactions of any complexity with the participation of Russian and foreign companies. I am sure that our cooperation with Somon Air will be successful, will increase the availability and safety of air travel, and will serve the development of both companies. Increasing the efficiency of working with clients, increasing the client base and expanding customer reach in the market are important objectives of VTB’s strategy,” Mr. Ivanter said.

“We are glad to cooperate with such a leader in our industry as VTB Leasing and hope for the further development of our partnership, which is aimed, first of all, at improving and the quality of air transportation,” Thomas V. Hallam II said.

Earlier it was reported that Somon Air wants to buy five helicopters of the Franco-German company named Airbus Helicopters, which is part of the Airbus Group Corporation.

The corresponding agreement was signed by the parties on November 7, 2019 as part of the official visit of Tajik President Emomali Rahmon to Paris.

It has not yet been announced which specific Airbus Helicopters models the Tajik air carrier intends to buy, but in early November, Kazakh media reported on the acquisition of the first Airbus Helicopters helicopter by Somon Air.

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