In December 2011, the Interstate Aviation Committee has certified Eurocopter Ecureuil AS350 B3e helicopter thus opening way to AS350 B3e operation in Russia and CIS without any limits.
“Ecureuil AS350 B3 has excellent track record in the world and is very popular in Russia and CIS. Now, as the Interstate Aviation Committee has certified the AS350 B3e, we will be glad to start delivering this enhanced model to our customers in Russia and CIS, so that they can enjoy even better performance and operational capabilities of this helicopter”, said Laurence Rigolini, CEO of Eurocopter Vostok.
At the moment, nearly 30 Ecureuil AS350 are operated in Russia and CIS by different airlines including UTair, Yamal, Nordavia, Abakan-Avia and Aerogeo.
Earlier UTair Aviation ordered 20 more Ecureuil helicopters, including AS355 NP and AS350 B3e. In line with this order, deliveries are already underway since 2011 and will continue until 2013.