Top 5 Most Popular Helicopters 20.03.2019

Both buyers and renters face a choice of various helicopter models. This article reviews the most popular alternatives in Europe and Russia.

The choice of helicopter depends on the purpose it will be used for. Accordingly, preference is given to cabin interior, payload, seat capacity and performance. What are the top 5 most popular helicopters in Europe?

Bell 407

The Bell 407 is among the leaders of the VIP class. It is bought and chartered both for private and business purposes. This helicopter is capable of carrying six passengers over a distance of more than 1,000 kilometers at an altitude of up to 4.3 kilometers. This fast “kid”, powered by a Rolls Royse engine, can fly at a speed of up to 270 km/h. If necessary, it can land on water using special pontoons.

With this model, special attention is paid to safety. The helicopter is equipped with a monitoring system able to detect unfavourable weather conditions at a distance of 370 kilometers.

Its cabin, with an enhanced level of comfort, is designed to cater for the needs of privileged passengers. The interior is finished with fine wood and genuine leather. Flying in a Bell 407 means enjoying speed and freedom!

Agusta AW199Ke

The Agusta AW199Ke, another luxury model of Italian manufacture, is also classified as a business class aircraft. It is bought and chartered by European entrepreneurs both for family trips and business events.

The Agusta AW199Ke can carry seven passengers over a distance of 1,000 kilometers at an altitude of up to 6,100 meters. Powered by a gas turbine engine, it can reach a speed of up to 280 km/h.

The cabin is decorated with particular chic. Apart from leather seats, passengers are offered video and audio systems, satellite communications and even climate control. This aircraft will always provide a comfortable and enjoyable flight.

Eurocopter EC 135

The Eurocopter EC 135 is a joint project from German and French manufacturers, popular not only with businesspeople, but also the police and various administrative services. This model is heavy-duty and highly reliable and can be operated even in adverse weather conditions.

The helicopter can take on board six passengers and climb to a height of over 6,000 meters. Its average speed is 278 km/h, while its unrefueled flight range is 650 kilometers.

This model’s cabin is quite spacious. Ergonomic seats, wide panoramic windows, a reduced noise level, an up-to-date safety system and other amenities will make sure your flight is smooth and enjoyable.

Robinson R 44

Those who need a light helicopter opt for the Robinson R 44. This multi-purpose US-made model can carry three passengers over a distance of 650 kilometers at a speed of 240 km/h. Its altitude ceiling is 4.2 kilometers. The amphibious version, the Robinson R44 Clipper, is capable of landing on water.

The Robinson R 44 is not known for its luxurious interior, but is famous for its maneuverability, reliability and ability to get to the hardest-to-reach places. This version is very popular in Russia and mountainous locations throughout the world. One of its undeniable advantages is its ability to operate in a wide temperature range. Owing to its wide panoramic windows and cost effectiveness, the Robinson R 44 is often chartered for air tours.


The Russian-made Mi-8 has gained a strong reputation and is well regarded not only domestically, but also in Europe. Depending on its configuration, this helicopter can take on board between 10 and 20 passengers and carry them over a distance of 620 kilometers at a speed of 240 km/h. Its altitude ceiling is 6,000 meters.

There are several alternatives of Mi-8 configuration. Its freight version is designed for carrying up to three tons of cargo. An external sling can be used in addition to an easy-to-operate trap-door with opening shutters.

The two passenger versions of the Mi-8 are the economy class and VIP models. There are two emergency exits, a heating and ventilation system, a lavatory, a wardrobe, adjustable illumination, and comfortable folding seats in any configuration.

The VIP cabin is designed for high-status passengers. In addition to seats, this version boasts a sofa, a galley with a refrigerator and a microwave oven, TV sets and multimedia entertainment systems. Passengers are served beverages from the bar and snacks and lunch can be ordered from a restaurant upon request.

You can charter or buy any of the models described above on advantageous terms through AVIAV TM (Cofrance SARL). If you are interested in any of these or any other helicopters, we will find the required version and help you make a contract promptly. There is a 24-hour air expert hot line available for you to consult on all matters.


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