Rosneft is among Russia's largest owners of luxury helicopters

The company spends about 10 billion rubles a year to pay for flights.
The large expenditure on helicopters for the mining company is understandable - this is the only way to deliver shift workers to remote fields. Therefore, oil and gas companies - the largest customers of helicopter pilots, are further on by physicians and rescue services. As follows from the reports of the world's top five helicopter companies serving oil companies - CHC Group, Bristow Group, Petroleum Helicopters, Era Group Inc and HNZ Group Inc, their largest customer in 2016 was the Norwegian Statoil. It paid more than $ 284 million (about 17 billion rubles.), Followed by the Brazilian Petrobras and the Anglo-Dutch Royal Dutch Shell - $ 235 million (14 billion rubles.) And $ 210 million (12.7 billion rubles.) Respectively.

Rosneft is the world's largest public oil company in terms of reserves and production. Her transport costs are comparable. For the transportation of employees and cargo on helicopters of third-party operators in the regions where the company produces oil, it will be in 2017-2021. Pay 10.6 billion rubles. ($ 175 million). This follows from two state competitions held by the state company. The largest carrier, judging by the documents of public procurement, will be "Uteir - helicopter services", "daughter" of the airline "Uteir". As Vedomosti calculated, it won contracts for more than 33 billion rubles. Of the played 53 billion rubles.

But this spending of Rosneft on helicopters is not limited. From the documents of Rosneft's purchase of transportation services carried out in 2015 on its own helicopters, it follows that the winner is the "grandchild" company RN-Aerokraft in 2016 and 2017. Was supposed to get for these services for 10.5 billion rubles. So, in 2017, Rosneft could spend about 21 billion rubles on helicopter transportation, and this is already an application for global leadership among oil and gas companies for similar expenses.

According to the Helicopter Industry Association, the Russian helicopter market is stable: in 2015, the total revenue of helicopter companies in Russia amounted to approximately 36 billion rubles. And the forecast for 2016 was the same. Judging by these figures, Rosneft provides orders for more than half of the market. Others spend much less. Thus, the second-largest package of orders, Vedomosti, was discovered by the state-owned company Transneft - its subsidiaries conducted tenders at the end of 2015 to provide air patrolling and transportation services by 9.5 billion rubles by the end of 2017, that is, 4.75 billion rubles. in year.

Expensive and tasteful

Servicing important passengers at Rosneft is scrupulous. In the attracted attention of Alexei Navalnogo purchase of dishes and interior items for aircraft, the customer - the company "RN-Aerokraft" indicated not only the producers, but also the names of the collections and articles. For example, she planned to buy plaids from the company Loro Piana series Unito Blend Zen. In the online store Deluxe Group, they are sold at 113 495 rubles. Ordered by Rosneft umbrella-cane Cerruti with the article 1881 is retailed at an average of 5,000 rubles, and the vacuum cleaner Dyson V8 Absolute - from 40,000 rubles.

Cutlery for passengers "RN-Aerokraft" chose from the collection Malmaison the famous French manufacturer Christofle. Malmaison - one of the most ancient designs of Christofle, decorating tableware in Empire style, the website of the online store The holder for napkins in this store costs 28,100 rubles, a lunch fork and a spoon - 10,100 rubles each. The Christofle Vertigo fried in the technical task is sold in Mosware for 74 900 rubles., The lunch knife - for 11 380 rubles. The tray from the latest collection of Jardin d'Eden ("Garden of Eden") - 30 050 rubles.

The customer wanted the dishes from Limoges porcelain from Haviland. The products of the Provence Diamond collection specified in the technical design are from 1820 rubles. For a dessert plate up to 15 300 rubles. For an oval dish in diameter of 40 see. Crystal glasses for vodka, glasses for whiskey and cognac glasses are necessary from the French company Baccarat (from 7000 rbl. For a piece). Crystal glasses for white, red and champagne wines - from the Austrian company Riedel (from 2250 rubles per piece).

Judging by the documents, the only bidder refused to reduce the price at the request of Rosneft, after which the state company did not enter into a supply contract with him.

What is known about the park of Rosneft

From the documents attached to the state purchases of Rosneft in 2016-2017, it follows that with her helicopters she calls the RN-Aerokraft vehicles. This company as of March 2017 had 16 medium helicopters of the Italian Leonardo Helicopters (formerly Agusta Westland SpA) - 10 AW139, two AW189 and four older AW109 - and 12 heavy Mi-8 helicopters in different versions, at least two of them Them - in the performance of the VIP, is listed in the documentation of the tender for aviation insurance of Rosneft this year. Such a park makes Rosneft one of the largest owners of Italian helicopters in Russia - for example, the AW139 in Russia is only 24 pieces. The fleet of these helicopters of Rosneft can be estimated at no less than $ 200 million. After all, the insurance value of AW139 is estimated at $ 20-25 million, the documentation says.

The total insurance value of the fleet of RN-Aerokraft at the end of 2016 - 28 billion rubles. But this amount includes also planes - 10 light 20-seater DHC-6 Canadian company Viking Air.

Rosneft uses airplanes much less often than helicopters: judging by the purchases, in the next two years it will pay RN-Aerokraft for air transportation of "only" 3.7 billion rubles.

"In Russia, the air fleet of helicopters Leonardo Helicopters is used mainly for personal purposes, like VIP transport and as a passenger transport," explained in May 2017 in an interview with portal the company's senior vice president Vittorio della Bella. AW139 is one of the best helicopters for passenger transportation of status customers, the top-manager of the aviation holding confirmed to Vedomosti. Compete with him can only French Eurocopter EC-155 (now - Airbus Helicopters H155), winning speed and noise protection, but AW139 - more comfortable, the interlocutor of Vedomosti. And, he adds, it's more fashionable, and the fashion was introduced by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who often moved on this car: the special flight detachment "Russia" by the president's managers dealing with transportation of the top officials of the state, in 2012 bought two AW139. Premier moved to a helicopter, so as not to create traffic jams on the roads, then explained the press service of Medvedev. "After this, the Italians began to buy the rest", - continues the interlocutor of Vedomosti. And in Tomilin, outside Moscow, a joint venture, Leonardo Helicopters and Rostekha, was assembled to assemble Italian helicopters, known as "Helivert".

By the way, the detachment "Russia" has increased the park AW139 precisely thanks to Rosneft. The detachment leased two such helicopters from Rosneft. Rosneft continues to bear the cost of their maintenance - for example, insures them, follows from the purchase of insurance services, and how much it receives for rent, Vedomosti failed to find out.

Soon more "Rosneft" can become more helicopters-foreign cars: until the end of the year its fleet will increase by eight Italian AW189 insurance value of 21.5 million euros each. The plans for the oil company are grandiose: three years ago, it entered into a framework agreement with Leonardo Helicopters to purchase up to 2025 another 150 AW189 helicopters, already assembled in the Moscow region. "Rosneft" these helicopters are needed to work on offshore projects, followed from the agreement. She was going to partially pay helicopters a contribution to the charter capital of "Heliwert", having received in it 30% of shares. True, the negotiations on the project are not over yet.

Waiting fee

Transportation by helicopter-foreign cars is costly for Rosneft. For example, in one of the contracts with "RN-Aerokraft" it is indicated that in 2016-2017. Passengers must fly on helicopters AW139 1640 hours. And it will cost $ 235 million. That is, the flight hour can cost more than $ 143,000 (more than 8.5 million rubles). Transportation of employees by third-party operators is cheaper at least by an order of magnitude. The cost of flying hours for helicopters of third-party airlines that will fly by orders of Rosneft is from 53,808 rubles. (About $ 900) on light helicopters Robinson R44 to 725,000 rubles. ($ 12,000) on one of the largest helicopters in the world - Mi-26.

Why such a difference? "Rosneft" explained the sum of aviation expenses, only once - in 2014, when it signed an annual contract with "RN-Aerokraft" for the organization of transportation by helicopters AW139. Then the cost of an hour of flight was $ 73,800. From documents it followed that the size of the fare was not so great - $ 2,634 per hour. Another $ 675 per hour was treated and serviced by six passengers of the helicopter (the AW139 in the performance of 5 stars was calculated for this number of places). The rest is the tariff "for exclusive provision of constant helicopter readiness for flight". If we go further, it turns out that leasing payments are also included here for another "granddaughter" of Rosneft - Neftepromleasing, where RN-Aerokraft took helicopters for financial leasing. For two years leasing payments will be $ 63.5 million.

It is interesting that in the flotilla "Russia" leasing two AW139 from Rosneft, the transportation of the first persons of the state on such a helicopter is estimated at only 57,734 rubles. (Or about $ 960) per hour. Such a tariff is given in the competition documentation of the flight crew for the provision of services "for the provision of air transportation of the highest officials of Russia, other officials and official delegations."

Rolling helicopters

Receiving contracts from Rosneft for air transportation, RN-Aerokraft, apparently, does not fly by itself - in the lists of Rosaviatsiya operators it does not exist. To fulfill orders, he hires contractors. In 2013-2014 years. It was "UTair": the contracts were concluded for each helicopter separately and for only a few months, follows from the data of the state procurement of Rosneft. So, in May 2014, "UTair" received for an hour of flight a "5-star" AW139 335 000 rub., Which is 1.5 times higher than the average market cost of renting similar helicopters in specialized companies (about 180 000-200 000 rubles in Hour), but 13 times less than what RN-Aerokraft itself should receive in 2017 from Rosneft.

In 2015, the Moscow company "Art Avia" became the operator of the Rosneft vessels, it is indicated in the ship insurance documents. It was created in 2013 by the Austrian company ART Aviation Flugbetriebs (hereinafter - SPARC data), in turn, established TreuTrust trust. Almost immediately after the creation of "Art Avia" began to organize for Rosneft charters on airplanes - Vedomosti found such contracts for 1.4 billion rubles. But then the owner was replaced, and she started helicopter transportation.

In 2014 Denis Chaban became the owner of "Art Avia", who repeatedly crossed business with the family of ex-president of "Rosneft" Eduard Khudainatov. For example, since 2012 he has been on the board of directors of the independent oil and gas company - management company, established by Khudainatov. Five years ago he was one of the directors in the NOC himself, and in 2004 he became the owner of the oil company Triumph instead of Marina Khudainatov's wife.

How much Art Aviation receives from RN-Aerokraft for the exploitation of Rosneft helicopters is not known. This is the internal commercial information of customers, it can not be disclosed, said the head of the legal department of "Art Avia" Andrei Eyhorn. From other comments the representative of Art Aviation refused.

Foreign cars in civil service

Most luxury helicopters-foreign cars in Russia work for the state or business close to it.

Of 24 Italian AW139 10 - from "Rosneft", 2 - from the flight detachment "Russia", serving the first persons of the state. Another, imported into the country in 2011 by the company VTB Leasing, was in the park of the Moscow airline Business Aero, which, according to SPARK, received state orders from the Ministry of Finance. He became the third in her park - together with AW109 helicopter and Tu-204-300A aircraft.

Two more AW139, one of which - the Russian assembly, were owned by RZD. They were bought even under the ex-president of the company Vladimir Yakunin, now the helicopters "can not be seen", they may have been leased, the employee of the monopoly argues. Security Service RZD does not approve of helicopters and does not recommend top management to use this mode of transport, explains a former employee of RZD. The press service of RZhD does not comment on the fate of the helicopters.

Helicopter for Rostekh

There is AW139 and the state corporation Rostek, which includes one of the largest helicopter manufacturers in the world - the holding company Helicopters of Russia. The car was assembled at the Helivert plant near Moscow - the Helicopters of Russia joint venture and the Italian Leonardo. The airline operates the Russian Helicopter Systems (RVS). For 16 months since September 2016, the RVS was to receive almost 70 million rubles from Rostek, according to the state procurement materials of the state corporation.

RVS is the only private operator that has helipads inside Moscow: the Moscow-City heliport and the Music House helideck. So, its helicopters can fly to Moscow, where other private sides are closed. The RVS also operates another Italian helicopter, AW109, belonging to Rostekh. Participants in the forum found that Italian helicopters of state corporations often fly from Moscow to the village. Akulinino, where the estate of the general director of "Rostekh" Sergei Chemezov is located. A representative of Rostekha confirmed to Vedomosti that Chemezov could fly from his house in Akulinino: he periodically uses RVS helicopters, both AW139 of Russian assembly, and Russian Ansat helicopters.

The general director and co-owner of the Revolutionary Military Council is the husband of the former head of the State Duma apparatus, Jahan Polliyeva, Mikhail Kazachkov.

Helicopter for Moscow region

On AW139 flew from 2014 and the governor of the Moscow region, Andrei Vorobyov. For example, to pray in Sergiev Posad, wrote in May 2016, the local "Alternative Newspaper." The governor, according to his press service, that day visited the Trinity-Sergius Lavra. The helicopter enters the park of the St. Petersburg airline "Russair". The officials also flew on another helicopter "Russair" - the luxury Eurocopter EC-155B1. From the state contracts found by Vedomosti it follows that in 3,5 years the governor and Moscow officials could pay 95 million rubles for helicopter flights of Russair.

Since May 2017, Moscow officials have relocated a new operator, Aviatsionnye tekhnologii investitsionnyi servis (Aviatis), which bypassed Russair at the expense of reducing the price by 1%. According to the documentation of the contest, Vorobyev will continue to fly to AW139, but with a different airborne number.

Ukrainian Italians

In 2014, four Russian helicopters were added to the Russian fleet AW139, previously registered in Ukraine. Russian board numbers received two AW139, based in the Crimea and owned by Chernomorneftegaz and the Ukrainian charter company Mars RK.

In addition, a pair of AW139 belonging to the company "Centrawia" flew to Russia, which Ukrainian media consider close to the former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych. Now both helicopters are on sale by the American agency SkyQuest International.

Helicopters for Gazprom

Gazprom, like Rosneft, owns a huge fleet of airplanes, recorded at Gazprom Avia. It has 27 aircraft - from small Yak-40 to Boeing 737-7HD in VIP equipment - and 76 helicopters, most of them of various modifications of the Mi-8. In contrast to RN-Aerokraft, Gazprom Avia is the current air carrier and it performs regular flights. This is the 26th largest airline in Russia, in January-May this year it carried 92,476 passengers.

"Gazprom" for the transportation of employees mainly uses the services of Gazprom Avia and only in those regions where the use of its own helicopter fleet is inexpedient, attracts third-party air operators, explained the representative of the gas concern. How much exactly Gazprom spends on helicopter services, he does not say. According to Vedomosti estimates, in 2017 Gazprom companies ordered from helicopter services about 250 million rubles from helicopter services, and from Gazprom Avia - at least 2.5 billion rubles.

Of the cars, Gazprom Avia has five light EC-135 T2 + helicopters and two EU-155 medium helicopters. The EU-155 is equipped for over-water flights and is used mainly to transport personnel to sea targets, the company spokesman said. He did not answer whether Miller was using such a helicopter.

Route sheet

Track where and who flies on Rosneft's helicopters is not easy. The spotters noticed that the AW139 "RN-Aerocraft" often fly in pairs. This is a common practice in the movement of specially protected persons - for air travel, along with the main side for safety reasons, there is always a reserve, says a former employee of the Federal Security Service.

AW139 does not have any favorite routes: users of the and resources wrote that they saw these cars in St. Petersburg, Suzdal, Ples and Voronezh, Adler and the Kel Lake region in South Ossetia. The blogs of spotters and have their pictures from Adler.

About routes of Italians and other vessels from the flight detachment "Russia" is known slightly more - from the account for April - May 2016, attached to the documents of state procurement. Judging by the documents, a pair of Italian AW139, accompanied by the Mi-8, flew almost every day from the government residence "Gorki-9", where Medvedev lives, to the White House and back. And the Mi-8 troika, which President Vladimir Putin prefers, mostly flew to the Kremlin. Another AW139 flew from Gorok-9 to Ples. There is the estate "Milovka", which belongs to non-profit funds "Dar" and "Gradislava", which, in the opinion of the Anti-Corruption Fund, are acting in the interests of Medvedev. True, both the representative of the prime minister and the management of the funds deny this.

The heads of state companies and state corporations are free to fly on anything they want, the state does not limit them in this area, says Ilya Shumanov, deputy director general of Transparency International. For officials in the Russian legislation there are restrictions on the purchase of expensive cars and luxury goods, but there are no helicopters and business jets in this system. "Therefore, there are no restrictions on the purchase and use of expensive aircraft by officials, and they are using this legal hole," says Shumanov.

Even if the official or the head of the state company carries a friendly structure on his helicopter, this under Russian law will not be considered a bribe. "This is more an ethical conflict or conflict of interests, for which we are not particularly punished," he said.

The representative of Rosneft did not answer Vedomosti's questions.