Ural Airlines of Russia has signed a firm contract with Airbus for the acquisition of seven A320s.The deal makes Ural Airlines a new Airbus customer.
Ural Airlines’ A320s will accommodate up to 160 passengers in a two-class configuration. The choice of engines has yet to be made. The airline plans to operate these aircraft on its international and domestic routes. Currently Ural Airlines operates two leased A320s on routes from Ekaterinburg to Moscow, Hurgada, Sharm-El-Sheikh, Munich, Dusseldorf, Prague, Bangkok, Delhi and Tianjin.
“The deal with Airbus became the most important event of the year for us,” said Sergej Skuratov, Ural Airlines CEO. “We have chosen A320, because this aircraft meets our demands in terms of operational efficiency, comfort and reliability. The conducted surveys give us the grounds to state that the purchase of Airbus aircraft is a win-win deal for both the airline and the passengers.”
Eleven carriers from Russia and CIS currently operate 62 A320 family aircraft and 92 more A320 family aircraft are to be delivered in the near future.