Pawan Hans resumes services in Meghalaya

Pawan Hans resumes services in Meghalaya

31-Jul-2012 Source:

State-owned Pawan Hans Helicopters has recently resumed its services in the mountainous Meghalaya state after a gap of 15 months, it has been announced.  The move follows its selection in a bid process to run the air service in the state, according to state Transport Minister Abu Taher Mondal, who later admitted that the other four interested parties never reached the stage of putting a formal bid in.

Mondal said Pawan Hans would provide Meghalaya with a twin-engine helicopter to ferry passengers on the Shillong-Tura-Guwahati-Shillong route.  The twin-engined aspect (which would be a “given” in many countries) is being reiterated after Arunachal Pradesh’s Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu was killed in a Pawan Hans AS350 in a mountainous region in April 2011 – the event that caused the Meghalaya state government to stop the helicopter services in the first place. expects that Pawan Hans are using a Mi-8 or Mi-17 on this service, although an AS365 from their fleet would also fit the requirement.

50% of the cost of running the service is met by central Indian government, and a further 25% by the state government

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