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Somon Air signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Airbus group of companies under which the airline intends to acquire another 5 helicopters (one H125 helicopter, two H130 and two H175) in addition to H125 that has been already purchased and delivered to Tajikistan, as well as the latest Airbus family aircraft from direct manufacturer. The document was signed on November 7 in France following a meeting of the official delegation of the Republic of Tajikistan under the leadership of the Founder of Peace and National Unity - the Leader of the Nation, the President of the Republic of Tajikistan, respected Emomali Rahmon with entrepreneurs and investors from France.

Let us remind, on October 28, 2019 during a hand-over ceremony at the «Eurocopter» facilities in the Republic of Kazakhstan capital of Nur-Sultan the first H125 helicopter has been transferred to the Somon Air senior management. The ceremony was attended by representatives of Airbus Helicopters senior management, Kazakhstan Engineering and Kazakh Export companies. The H125 is the first helicopter registered and operated in the Republic of Tajikistan. The H125 helicopter was assembled in Kazakhstan by «Eurocopter Kazakhstan Engineering» LLP. The implementation of this project was made possible because of the active participation, financing and the support of the Export Insurance Company «Kazakh Export» JSC and Orienbank OJSC, also with the support of the Embassy of the Republic of Tajikistan in the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The H125 helicopter has high maneuverability and offers pilots excellent visibility. It has low vibration in the cabin, and there are 5 passenger seats. The H125 model beats all other types of single-engine helicopters in its class in its technical characteristics, multifunctionality, level of safety and affordability, as well as in terms of operation in extreme weather conditions. This helicopter model is adapted for operation in high altitude and hot climates.

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 as period of development of villages, tourism and folk crafts. The H125 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. To date, Somon Air has successfully operated flights from Tajikistan to Germany, the UAE, Turkey, China, Russia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. The airline fleet currently consists of Boeing 737-300, -800 and -900 aircraft and H125 helicopter.

«Eurocopter Kazakhstan Engineering» is the only company in the CIS and Central Asia that sells helicopters manufactured by Airbus Helicopters and assembles and maintains ЕС145, Н125, Н130 helicopters. It also qualifies technicians and pilots for these helicopter types in Russian and English languages. A service center provides services for maintaining the airworthiness of helicopters and gives repair and technical support. The center also ensures the availability of spare parts and tools. Certified professionals provide online services in order to ensure a high level of quality, performance and safety.

Somon Air today held a presentation of its Airbus H125 helicopter at Dushanbe International Airport. The event was held with the participation of representatives of the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan, the diplomatic corps accredited in Tajikistan, partner companies, as well as touragencies and the media. Thomas W. Hallam II, the Chief Executive Officer of the airline, speaking at the presentation, expressed gratitude to all partner companies for their assistance in the implementation of the project. “I am sure our cooperation will develop. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Somon Air and the Airbus group of companies, within the framework of which in the near future we intend to add our fleet with 5 more helicopters, as well as Airbus aircraft from the manufacturer”, - said T.W. Hallam II.

On October 28, 2019 during a hand-over ceremony at the «Eurocopter» facilities in the Republic of Kazakhstan capital of Nur-Sultan the H125 helicopter was transferred to the Somon Air senior management. The H125 is the first helicopter registered and operated in the Republic of Tajikistan. The H125 helicopter was assembled in Kazakhstan by «Eurocopter Kazakhstan Engineering» LLP. The implementation of this project was made possible because of the active participation, financing and the support of the Export Insurance Company «Kazakh Export» JSC and Orienbank OJSC, also with the support of the Embassy of the Republic of Tajikistan in the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The H125 helicopter has high maneuverability and offers pilots excellent visibility. It has low vibration in the cabin, and there are 5 passenger seats. The H125 model beats all other types of single-engine helicopters in its class in its technical characteristics, multifunctionality, level of safety and affordability, as well as in terms of operation in extreme weather conditions. This helicopter model is adapted for operation in high altitude and hot climates.

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 as period of development of villages, tourism and folk crafts. The H125 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. To date, Somon Air has successfully operated flights from Tajikistan to Germany, the UAE, Turkey, China, Russia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. The airline fleet currently consists of Boeing 737-300, -800 and -900 aircraft.

«Eurocopter Kazakhstan Engineering» is the only company in the CIS and Central Asia that sells helicopters manufactured by Airbus Helicopters and assembles and maintains ЕС145, Н125, Н130 helicopters. It also qualifies technicians and pilots for these helicopter types in Russian and English languages. A service center provides services for maintaining the airworthiness of helicopters and gives repair and technical support. The center also ensures the availability of spare parts and tools. Certified professionals provide online services in order to ensure a high level of quality, performance and safety.

Somon Air starts regular non-stop flights from Dushanbe to Delhi and return. The Flights on the new route will be operated with a Boeing 737 aircraft, twice a week, on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Flights depart from Dushanbe at 03:30 local time and arrive in Delhi at 06:30 local time; departure time from Delhi is at 08:00 local time and arrival in Dushanbe is at 10:00 local time. The flight duration is approximately 2 hours 30 minutes. The inauguration flight is scheduled on December 1, 2019.

To date, Somon Air has successfully operated flights from Tajikistan to Germany, the UAE, Turkey, China, Russia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. The airline fleet consists of Boeing 737-300, -800 and -900 aircraft and Airbus H125 helicopter.

On November 21, as part of the VTB Capital annual investment forum “RUSSIA CALLING!” VTB Leasing and Somon Air signed a memorandum of cooperation. In early 2020, as part of leasing financing, an agreement will be signed on the delivery of two Embraer E190E2 aircraft to the carrier.

On the part of VTB Leasing, the document was signed by CEO Dmitry Ivanter. On the airline side, the document was signed by Thomas W. Hallam II, CEO. Somon Air is today the dynamically developing national carrier of Tajikistan, based at Dushanbe airport. A company with a fleet of 6 aircraft operates international flights from Dushanbe and Khujand.

“VTB Leasing is a leader in the Russian aircraft market according to Fitch and Expert RA ratings, and we are ready to actively develop this segment, including through work with foreign partners. Our company has experience in structuring financial or operational leasing transactions of any complexity with the participation of Russian and foreign companies. I am sure that our cooperation with Somon Air will be successful, will increase the availability and safety of air travel, and will serve the development of both companies. Increasing the efficiency of working with clients, increasing the client base and expanding customer reach in the market are important objectives of VTB’s strategy”, - said Dmitry Ivanter, VTB Leasing General Director.

“We are glad to cooperate with such a leader in our industry as VTB Leasing Company and express hope for the further development of our partnership, which is aimed, first of all, at improving and the quality of air carriage,” said Thomas W. Hallam II, Somon Air CEO.

To date, Somon Air has successfully operated flights from Tajikistan to Germany, the UAE, Turkey, China, Russia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. In the fleet of the airline, there are Boeing 737-300, -800 and -900 aircraft and Airbus H125 helicopter.