Russian carrier UTair has signed a firm order with Airbus for 20 A321s, during the Farnborough International Airshow 2012.
This is the largest order for the type received from a carrier in the region and the first time that UTair, one of Russia’s largest carriers, has ordered Airbus aircraft.
UTair’s Airbus A321 jets will feature a spacious single-class cabin layout seating 220 passengers. The airline is planning to operate the new aircraft to develop further its charter network to leisure destinations, according to Airbus.
”Today’s signature of the contract on the delivery of new A321s demonstrates our firm intentions to continue to grow and strengthen our positions among leading Russian carriers, says Andrey Martirosov, UTair’s CEO.
“The chosen A321 aircraft fully meets the requirements of our fleet modernization program, aimed at providing reliable operations, improving the level of service and developing the network,” adds Martirosov.
”We are delighted to welcome UTair as a new Airbus customer in Russia and the latest for the A320 Family,” says John Leahy, Airbus’ chief operating officer, customers. “This best-selling single-aisle aircraft offers not only superb technology but also unbeatable economics, which will contribute to the airline’s continued growth and fleet expansion. We look forward to a long-term partnership with UTair.”
UTair, one of the top three Russian carriers along with Aeroflot and S7 Airlines, was founded in 1967. The airline operates a fleet of some 200 aircraft to more than 60 domestic and some 40 international destinations.
To date, more than 8,500 Airbus A320-family aircraft have been sold to 365 customers and operators worldwide.