UTair, one of Russia’s leading carriers, has signed a firm contract with Airbus for 20 A321 aircraft during the Farnborough Air Show. This is the largest order for the type received from a carrier in the region and the first time that UTair has ordered Airbus aircraft.
UTair’s A321s will feature a spacious single-class cabin layout seating 220 passengers. The airline is planning to operate these new aircraft to further develop its charter network of popular leisure destinations.
”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. The chosen A321 aircraft fully meets the requirements of our fleet modernization programme, aimed at providing reliable operations, improving the level of service and developing the network”, remarked Andrey Martirosov, UTair CEO.
"We are delighted to welcome UTair as a new Airbus customer in Russia and the latest for the A320 Family," said 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", he added.
Source: Airbus, an EADS N.V. company (Paris: EAD.PA)
Date: Jul 12, 2012