Tashkent, Uzbekistan - Uzbekistan’s national carrier Uzbekistan Airways continues to renew its long-haul fleet with Boeing's new generation widebody jets.
The airline has received another Boeing 787-8 bringing the number of its Dreamliners in the fleet to five. The state-owned carrier expects two more Boeing 787-8 overtime (one in 2020 and one in 2021).
The acquisition of the 787-8s has been carried out as part of an investment program to upgrade and expand the airline's fleet with modern jets to ensure competitiveness and safety of flights.
The Boeing 787-8 with the registration UK78705 arrived at Tashkent International Airport on July 2nd after a non-stop flight from Seattle. It is powered by the GEnx-1B turbofan engines of the GE Aviation.
The Uzbek carrier's new Dreamliner is configured to accommodate 246 passengers in total - 24 in Business Class and 222 in Economy. Uzbekistan Airways is the launch customer of the type in Central Asia and currently owns the largest Dreamliner fleet among the CIS countries.
Boeing 787-8 made its commercial debut with the Uzbek operator in September 2016.
This year, Uzbekistan Airways has also received two brand-new Airbus A320neo in addition to two more Boeing 787-8.
In 2018, Uzbekistan Airways transported a record number of passengers - 3.2 million, 17% more than a year earlier.