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Friday, July 19, 2013

UTair Receives First Airbus A321

Russian carrier UTair took delivery of its first Airbus A321 aircraft during a ceremony in Germany this week. 
(Photo, courtesy of Airbus.)
In July 2012 UTAir placed the single largest order for the A321 variant by a Russian airline, purchasing 20 A321s, and later equipping them with CFM56-5B engines. The carrier is looking to upgrade its commercial fleet to keep up with demand, as it saw a 14 percent increase in passengers during the first half of the year. 
According to Airbus, the A321 features the widest cabin for any current single-aisle aircraft, which should accommodate for the carrier's passenger loads, which were also up 4 percent during the first six months of the year.  

"The A321 is part of our fleet modernization program and is fully in line with the company’s strategy on improving service," said Andrey Martirosov, CEO of UTair.

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