MOSCOW, February 13 (Itar-Tass) — Russia’s airline Vertical-T signed a contract with the United Nations World Food Programme to transport humanitarian cargoes to South Sudan, the company’s press service told Itar-Tass on Monday.
“Under the contract two helicopters Mi-8MTB will carry out humanitarian operations in South Sudan (they will be based at Juba Airport). The shipment of humanitarian consignments became necessary following the growing tensions and outbursts of violence in that country,” the press service said.
“Weak transport infrastructure aggravates food delivery to the citizens of South Sudan. The country has a few good roads and during the rain season the movement along them becomes practically impossible. Thus, the only means of transportion and humanitarian cargo delivery is air transport,” the source said.
Vertical-T has been the United Nations’ certified partner for many years. The air carrier took part in peacekeeping missions and this is Russia’s contribution to the world community’s peace-sustaining efforts.
The air company was established on March 1, 1992. It is one of Russia’s leading helicopter operators that provides its services all over the world. Its fleet includes over 25 different helicopters – Mi-8MTB, Mi-8AMT, Mi-171 and Mi-26T.