Pawan Hans May Start Flying Dhruv
New Delhi: State-owned Pawan Hans Helicopters is likely to become the first company to commercially operate the Dhruv helicopters. The armed forces are the only customers currently for the Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL)-manufactured helicopter. Pawan Hans signed an intent of cooperation with state-run HAL in Bengaluru on Thursday to induct 10 advance Dhruv MAK III Helicopters in its fleet.
“These ten 14seater helicopters will be inducted into PHL’s fleet over a period of two years and will be used for rural & regional air connectivity,” said a Pawan Hans official, requesting anonymity.
Pawan Hans will neither buy nor lease the utility helicopters. Instead, it will operating these for HAL, may be on a revenue- or profit-share basis.
“The deal needs to be worked out but one thing is sure that we will not be buying these helicopters,” said the official.