Somon Air expands its fleet with the addition of a new Mi-8AMT helicopter, manufactured in Russia. The helicopter was produced at the Ulan-Ude Aviation manufactory of the Russian Helicopters holding. Mi-8AMT is distinguished by its reliability and versatility.
The helicopter is proven in a variety of weather conditions, such as high humidity, low temperatures, strong winds and fog. The Mi-8AMT helicopter is designed for passenger transportation, transportation of bulky cargo, and for search and rescue operations. The helicopter can carry up to 24 people, the pay load is up to 4 tons, the range is up to 800 km.
On the eve of the 96th anniversary of Tajikistan’s civil aviation, the first test flight in Tajikistan was performed by pilots and engineers of the manufactory from Dushanbe to GBAO and back. The technical capabilities of the helicopter were demonstrated in difficult mountain conditions, takeoffs and landings.
The Mi-8AMT is not the first helicopter in the Somon Air fleet. In October 2019, the airline received an Airbus H125 helicopter. Both helicopters were purchased with the aim of developing tourism in the country, popularizing nature, historical and cultural heritage of the Tajik people within the framework of the initiatives of the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan. At the initiative of the Founder of Peace and National Unity — the Leader of the Nation, the President of the Republic of Tajikistan, His Excellency Emomali Rahmon, the years of 2019 to 2021 have been announced for the development of villages, tourism and folk crafts. The Mi-8AMT helicopter, which is an excellent addition to the Somon Air fleet, will also contribute to the development of tourism and business aviation within the republic.
In other news, Somon Air resumed regular flights on the Dushanbe-Istanbul-Dushanbe route on October 8, 2020. Flights will be operated every Thursday. The departure time from Dushanbe is 06:00 local time, and from Istanbul at 10:45 local time.
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