Russian Helicopters has delivered two Mi-172 helicopters to the government of Equatorial Guinea, with one in VIP configuration and the other fitted out for passenger transport.
Russian Helicopters on 7 November said the aircraft were manufactured at Kazan Helicopters (KVZ) and have already been sent to Central Africa. One was delivered in the ‘Salon VIP’ configuration, designed to transport up to 12 passengers. The second Mi-172 has been delivered in passenger configuration and can transport up to 26 people.
“Equatorial Guinea is a long-time partner of Russian Helicopters. In 2006, we also delivered two Mi-172 helicopters in Salon VIP and Passenger modifications to the country. I would like to note that Russian helicopters are popular in Africa due to their advantages: reliability, easy operation, good price/quality ratio. Therefore, I am sure that this contract will not be the last one,” said the CEO of the Russian Helicopters holding company, Andrey Boginsky.
The Mi-172 is a Mi-17-series helicopter that is certified for passenger transportation.
According to Helis.com, the Equatorial Guinea government also flies an AW139, an S-92A and half a dozen Mi-17 helicopters.