Eurocopter and UTair Aviation sign a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to establish a certified Eurocopter Flight Training Center in Tyumen, Russia

(PresseBox) ( Tyumen/Russia, )
Lutz Bertling, President and CEO of Eurocopter, the world's leading helicopter manufacturer, Jerome Noulens, Managing Director of Eurocopter Vostok and Andrey Martirosov, CEO of UTair, the largest Russian helicopter operator, signed today a memorandum of agreement to jointly develop a flight training center in Tyumen, West Siberia, Russia. This new flight training centre will commence operations at the beginning of 2010 and will allow flight crews and technicians to be trained locally in Russia to operate Eurocopter helicopters.

This agreement is a new step in the cooperation that Eurocopter and UTair have started to establish several years ago. In 2008, the two companies decided to create an integrated technical maintenance center in Tyumen to support the Eurocopter fleet in Russia. This Eurocopter certified maintenance center will open its doors towards the end of 2009.

"We are glad to further develop the cooperation with our partner UTair within the framework of this flight training center. Both our companies have a long experience in flight training courses for a wide range of helicopters and I am confident that the combination of both our expertise will be highly beneficial for our customers", said Dr. Lutz Bertling, President and CEO of Eurocopter.

"Acknowledging the utmost importance of flight training in accordance with international standards, we are very proud to participate in the creation of this flight training center for Eurocopter helicopters. This center will facilitate preparation of the qualified personnel not only for our company, but also for the other operators in Russia. We are grateful that Eurocopter chose UTair to be its partner in Russia to establish such a center. We are convinced that our collaboration will be a major step for both companies", said Andrey Martirosov, general director of UTair.

UTair has been operating Eurocopter helicopters since 2006. Today, the carrier's fleet comprises light multipurpose helicopters such as AS 350 B3s, AS-355 N and BO-105s. They are used for a wide variety of operations ranging from VIP services, monitoring of oil and gas pipelines, geologic exploration, photo and video footage, cargo fling operations to medical missions.

Starting from 2012, Eurocopter's new product, the EC175 will also join UTair's fleet of helicopters. In 2008, UTair became a launching partner for the EC175 with an order for 15 helicopters, and an option for 15 more. UTair is jointly developing with Eurocopter the corporate interior of the EC175 helicopter, underlining once again the successful collaboration between both entities.

About UTair (Website: www.utair.ru )

UTair is among the top four civil helicopters operators by volume of operation and the largest in Russia with a fleet of more than 200 helicopters of all classes. It is also one of the top five airline company in Russia with over 3.5 million passengers a year. Active in the oil and gas industry for over 40 years, UTair aviation is furthermore the largest provider of transport services for the UN peacekeeping missions.

About Eurocopter Vostok (Website www.eurocopter.ru)

Eurocopter Vostok, a 100% wholly-owned subsidiary of Eurocopter SAS, was created in 2006 to provide customer support and to implement fleet follow up in Russia and CIS. By 2009, all Eurocopter civil helicopters will have Russia's Interstate Aviation Committee (MAK) type certificates. More than 70 Eurocopter helicopters are flying over Russia and more than 50 in CIS countries. Eurocopter occupies 70% of the Russian market among western turbine engine helicopters. Eurocopter Vostok together with local partners establishes a network of maintenance centers to provide services for Eurocopter rotorcrafts. A maintenance center was opened together with Gazpromavia on the premises of Ostafievo airport located near Moscow. Other centers will be created in Tyumen in cooperation with UTair, in St.-Petersburg, in the South of Russia, Siberia and Far East.
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