The aviation operator of the ministry of emergency situations Kazaviaspas signed an agreement with Safran Helicopter Engines to provide repair and maintenance services for the domestic emergency and rescue air fleet, QazMonitor reports citing the ministry's press service.
The signing took place at the Paris Air Show in France. Under the terms of the agreement, the air fleet of the ministry of emergency situations of Kazakhstan will be serviced according to the European model of maintaining emergency air fleets, enabling faster maintenance and repair times.
Bolat Abaydildinov, the CEO of Kazaviaspas, stated that this agreement will allow the emergency air service to operate the fleet to its maximum efficiency.
"[The repairs] will now take about seven to ten days, while in the past, there were instances where maintenance would take four or five months, or even longer," said Abaydildinov.
Francis Larribau, the CEO of Safran Helicopter Engines Germany, added that the availability of helicopters is crucial for rescuing people.
"The objective is for the Kazaviaspas operator to focus on operational work, while we, as manufacturers, will do everything to ensure that the helicopters and their engines operate around the clock," said Larribau.