Russian carrier UTair has taken delivery of its first Airbus aircraft, with the hand-over of a new A321 at a ceremony held at the Airbus production facility in Hamburg.
The aircraft is the first of 20 Airbus A321 single-aisle jets ordered by UTair in July 2012. To date, UTAir’s buy is the largest single order by a Russian airline for the A321.
UTair’s A321s are powered by CFM56-5B/P engines and will feature a single-class cabin layout seating 220 passengers. The airline is planning to use its A321s for additional development of its high-density route network.
“This delivery demonstrates our intention to keep up high growth rates and strengthen our position amongst leading Russian airlines,” says Andrey Martirosov, UTair’s CEO. “The A321 is part of our fleet modernization program and is fully in line with the company’s strategy on improving service, ensuring high level[s] of reliability and network development.”
There are currently about 260 Airbus aircraft in operation with 11 Russian carriers.
UTair, one of the fastest-growing Russian airlines, was founded in 1967. The carrier operates a fleet of some 180 aircraft to more than 60 domestic and 40 international destinations.
To date, more than 9,600 Airbus A320-family jets have been ordered and over 5,600 delivered to more than 385 customers and operators worldwide.