Uzbekistan Airways now offers a new opportunity to tourist operators, agencies and simply fans of non- standard travel and leisure – helicopter picnics.
The provision of the service will be handled by the airline’s Special Aviation Works. There are two types of helicopters in the stock – Mi- 8MTV- 1 VIP- class with 16 seats and economy class with 22 seats.
The company has already developed plans for trips to the picturesque regions of the country, covering the most popular tourist destinations, including Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, Boisun and Karakalpakstan. The routes include points that cannot be reached on foot or by land transport, the press service of Uzbekistan Airways has reported.
In the Tashkent region, tourists are offered one- day leaves to the Pskem, Maidantal, Ihnaach, and Ishii lakes, to the Angren plateau with lakes and a hot spring, to the rocky ‘ bag’ of Kaptarkumysh, to the Pulatkhan plateau or the top of the Chimgan.
From Samarkand by helicopter you can go to the Zarafshan range, to the village of Gilan, Zarmas, Temur cave, Teshiktash. From Boisun – to the Surkhan Range and the hydrogen sulphide source Khoja Ipok.
Excursions from Bukhara to Uchkuduk include visits to hot springs and flying over the desert. From Nukus, Muynak and Kungrad, a route to the Aral area and the ancient fortresses of the Khorezm region is laid.
In summer, helicopters can become one of the attractions of the recreation area “Chorvoq Oromgohi” ( Charvak Leisure Zone), and in winter time they are supposed to be used to lift skiers to the peaks of the mountains. They will be based at the helipad of a weather station in Chimgan.