Russian Helicopters has delivered two Mi-171 utility helicopters to Russia's SKOL Airlines as part of the charter carrier's strategy to increase its share of the international air freight market. Further orders are anticipated, according to Russian Helicopters.
The medium twin-engined Mi-171s are fitted with special lifting and transport equipment, including an on-board boom and winch capable of lifting loads of 330lb (150kg) and an external hoist with capacity of up to 4,000kg. Shock-absorbing Fischer seats have also been installed in the cockpit.
SKOL operates a number of Mi-8/17 series helicopters including the Mi-171, Mi-8AMT and Mi-8MTV. The Surgut-based charter carrier also operates a handful of Mi-26T large transport aircraft, which are frequently used for humanitarian missions.