Service center in Azerbaijan
Russian Helicopters, Azerbaijan Airlines and Silk Way
Group has held talks on setting up a helicopter service center in Azerbaijan.
Russian Helicopters CEO Andrey Boginsky, president of ZAO Azerbaijan Airlines
Jahangir Askerov, president of Silk Way Group Zaur Akhundov, and CEO of Silk Way
Helicopter Services Azer Sultanov took part in the negotiations.
Following the decision of the 16th session of the Intergovernmental Commission
on Economic Cooperation between Azerbaijan and Russia, the parties confirmed
their mutual interest in the project aimed at the creation of a service center
for maintenance and repairs of the Russian/Soviet-build civilian and military
helicopters in Azerbaijan.
Joint work on the project started in 2016. At ADEX-2016 International Defence
Exhibition, Russian Helicopters and Azerbaijani’s Silk Way Helicopter Services
reached an agreement to open a service center for maintenance and overhaul of
Russian-made Mi-8/17 type helicopters in Azerbaijan. In order to implement the
deal, at the beginning of this year Russian and Azerbaijani specialists looked
into a possibility to open the center at Heydar Aliyev International Airport.
To continue work started at the 10th International Helicopter Industry
Exhibition HeliRussia-2017, the heads of Russian Helicopters and Azerbaijan
Airlines signed a document called “Key action plan to organize a service center
for maintenance and repair of Russian/Soviet-made civilian helicopters in the
‘Azerbaijan is our traditional partner; this country has vast experience using
Russian helicopters. With this in mind, opening a service center for
Russian/Soviet helicopters in Azerbaijan seems of vital importance. We have
agreed with our partners on the relevance of the project and expect to sign
requisite agreements and contractual documents until the end of summer,’ said
Russian Helicopters CEO Andrey Boginsky after the negotiations.
Currently, Azerbaijan operates a large fleet of Russian-made helicopters,
including the Mi-8/17 type medium multirole helicopters and the Mi-24 and Mi-35M