Nextant Aerospace appointed FortAero Baltic Business Aviation Alliance as the exclusive sales agent for the Nextant 400XTi in Russia and the CIS. The company has placed an initial order for two 400XTis worth $11.4 million. FortAero, which has offices in Tallinn and Moscow, has more than 16 years of experience with the Russian and CIS business aviation market and will play a “key role” in defining Nextant’s sales, marketing and customer service strategy in the region. To date, Nextant has delivered 28 of its 400XTs to customers around the world.
One of the few public scheduled helicopter routes in the world, linking Helsinki, Finland to Tallin, Estonia, has been discontinued. Finnish operator Copterline has ceased flying over the Baltic Sea between the two capital cities. In April, it contracted UK-based International Bureau of Aviation (IBA) for the remarketing of two AgustaWestland AW139s. Last month, IBA announced the medium twins had been sold to U.S.-based operator PHI.
Early next year, Helsinki, Finland-based operator Copterline will restart one of the few scheduled public helicopter routes in the world. It discontinued the flight between the neighboring capitals of Helsinki and Tallinn, Estonia, after the 2005 fatal crash of a Sikorsky S-76C+ (see AIN, October, page 74).
Sikorsky S-76, Tallinn, Estonia, Aug. 10, 2005– After taking off from Tallinn, en route to Helsinki, Finland, the Copterline S-76, with two crewmembers and carrying 12 passengers, crashed into the Baltic Sea approximately three miles off the coast. All aboard were killed and the helicopter was destroyed. Gusty conditions were reported.