Uzbekistan’s national carrier Uzbekistan Airways has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320 at a welcoming ceremony in Tashkent attended by government officials, Uzbekistan Airways’ management and Airbus representatives.
It is the first aircraft out of 10 A320s ordered directly from Airbus as part of the carrier’s strategic fleet-modernization programme.
The A320 has been configured in a two-class cabin layout seating 150 passengers, 12 in business class and 138 in economy. Uzbekistan’s A320s are to be powered by CFM56-5-series engines from CFM International. Uzbekistan Airways’ first A320 makes its first commercial flight on July 19, from Tashkent to Baku.
“Uzbekistan Airways managed to prove how efficient the operation of a modern and young fleet can be. The airline will continue to expand and renew its fleet by means of the most advanced aircraft,” says Valeriy Tyan, the airline’s general director.
Uzbekistan Airways National Air Company (NAC) was founded on January 28, 1992. The airline is currently operating scheduled flights to more than 40 cities throughout the world, including destinations in America, Europe, the Middle East, Southeast and Central Asia and the CIS.
In addition to the new A320, Uzbekistan Airways’ current Airbus fleet includes three A310-300s and two A300-600Fs. The carrier also operates three Avro RJ85s, six Boeing 757-200s, five Boeing 767-300ERs, three Tupolev Tu-154B2s and three Tu-154Ms. It operates one of the Avro RJ85s, one of the 757s and one of the 767-300ERs for the government of Uzbekistan as official aircraft.
According to the latest Airbus Global Market Forecast (GMF), CIS airlines will need more than 1,400 passenger aircraft (totalling $123 billion in list-price value) over the next 20 years to meet traffic growth and aircraft replacement. Passenger traffic in the region is expected to increase by 5.7 per cent a year on average over the next 20 years, compared to the world average of 4.7 per cent. Today, the Airbus fleet in the CIS numbers more than 180 Airbus aircraft, oeprated by 14 airlines, with an additional 80-plus Airbus jets to be delivered in the near future.
The A320 family (A318, A319, A320 and A321) has achieved orders for more than 6,500 aircraft sold, and more than 4,300 A320-family aircraft have been delivered to some 310 customers and operators worldwide. Achieving 99.7 per cent dispatch reliability over its service life to date and allowing extended maintenance-servicing periods, the A320 family also offers a containerized cargo system compatible with the worldwide standard widebody-container system.