Yekaterinburg, Russia - Russian carrier Ural Airlines has added one more Airbus A320neo to its fleet. With the arrival of the new plane, the number of A320neos in the airline's fleet became two.
Ural Airlines received its first Airbus A320neo on August 7. Both aircraft were leased from the Irish lessor CDB Aviation.
The new A320neo with registration VP-BRZ has entered into service on September 14 between Yekaterinburg and Sochi.
Ural's new A320s will allow the airline to launch new long-distance routes thanks to their extended flight ranges compared to the previous generation A320s.
The Russian regional operator will launch the longer (5000 km / 2700 nmi) Yekaterinburg-Vladivostok route this year in November.
The new A320neos of the Ural Airlines are powered by CFM LEAP-1A engines and configured to accommodate eight passengers in business class and 168 in the Economy Class.
The Yekaterinburg-based company expects to take delivery of three more jets from the Airbus's revamped single-aisle jet family - one Airbus A320neo and two Airbus A321LR, the long-range variant of the A321neo family.
The third A320neo will be delivered by the leasing company CDB Aviation as the previous copies. The A321neos will be delivered to the airline by the American lessor GECAS.
Ural Airlines plans to expand its fleet size up to 70 aircraft by 2025. Besides its two new Airbus A320neo, the carrier operates 46 previous generation A320 Family jets (Seven A319-100, 24 A320-200, and15 A321-200).
The Russian airline also has 14 737 MAX 8 jets on its backlog with the American aircraft manufacturer. When delivered, the 737 MAXs will be the first Boeing planes to join the operator's all-Airbus fleet.
With the arrival of the new generation jets on order, the current planes of Ural Airlines will be phased out.