Russian operator UTair Aviation has taken delivery of another Mi-8AMT helicopter, sometimes known as the Mi-171. The contract for the aircraft was signed in 2011 between Russian Helicopters' Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant and UTair.
“Today the company's helicopters operate successfully under commercial contracts with Russia and internationally, and are deployed in UN missions,” UTair Helicopter Services president Alexei Vinogradov says. “Most of the work that is carried out, especially in difficult climates, is carried out by Russian-made helicopters. Thanks to their reliability, ease of maintenance, and ability to operate in a wide range of temperatures, from -50°C to +50°C, Russian-made helicopters are ideally suited to these missions.”
From 2008 to 2011, the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant supplied UTair Aviation with 44 helicopters under two contracts. Currently the firm is operating around 50 Mi-171/Mi-8AMT helicopters produced by the plant.