Two new Mi-171 helicopters started transport shift teams to the fields of Vankor cluster as a part of the implementation of Rosneft's policy for modernization of fleet involved in the Company's aircraft service. Mi-171 helicopter is the latest modification of the Mi-8 helicopters series. It is designed for comfortable transportation of up to 26 passengers and equipped with modern aviation electronics and navigation gear, power package of increased capacity, and has improved performance characteristics and capabilities.
Currently air service for the Vankor cluster fields for RN-Vankor is carried out by 17 medium helicopters of modern modifications: Mi-8MTVs, the Mi-8AMTs and Mi-171, the average age of which does not exceed 8 years. The significant upgrade of the involved helicopter fleet is the result of consistently pursued measures of the Company, aimed at the increasing flight safety level and the establishment of high requirements for aviation equipment and qualifications of the personnel of contracting airlines.
Furthermore, the Company engaged to exploitation advanced and comfortable regional aircraft An-148 for passenger transportation to Igarka from Krasnoyarsk and Tomsk, replacing previously used Tu-134 and AN-24. The new aircraft have an increased flight range and are designed for carrying up to 85 passengers; their cabins correspond to the level of modern long-distance liner.
In short-term perspective Rosneft plans to arrange the shift teams transportation to Vankor using the passenger light multipurpose aircraft DHC-6 Twin Otter S400 with passenger capacity of up to 19 people, with a shortened takeoff and landing distance and ability to perform takeoffs and landings from unpaved (covered with snow and ice) airfields. This type of aircraft is widely used on short-haul airlines.
February 27, 2017