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.