|Sky Service Eurocopter EC135 operating in Kazakhstan.|
EADS and Eurocopter have partnered with Samruk-Kazyna to launch a public-private joint venture that will focus on developing helicopter-related activities in Kazakhstan. Both European and Kazakh parties are involved with the joint venture, which is part of a strategic deal involving France and Kazakhstan. It will seek to transfer knowledge and skills to local partners and establish an independent helicopter service facility in the region. Nearly every type of Eurocopter variant is already in public and private service in Kazakhstan, including the oil and gas industry, according to the manufacturer.