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Uzbekistan Airways Takes Delivery of New Airbus

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Uzbekistan Airways has received its first Airbus A320. It is the first aircraft out of 10 A320s ordered directly from Airbus as part of the carriers strategic fleet modernisation programme.

The aircraft has been configured in a spacious two class cabin layout seating 150 passengers, 12 in business and 138 in economy. The eco-efficient A320 is powered by CFM-56 engines from CFM International. Uzbekistan Airways A320 will make its first commercial flight today (19 July) from Tashkent to Baku.

"Uzbekistan Airways managed to prove how efficient the operation of a modern and young fleet can be. The airline will continue to expand and renew its fleet by means of the most advanced aircraft," said the airlines General Director Valeriy Tyan.

Uzbekistan Airways National Air Company (NAC) was founded on 28 January 1992. The airline is currently operating scheduled flights to more than 40 cities of the world, including America, Europe, Middle East, South East, Central Asia and CIS.

In recognition of its performance, the airline has already received the International Fund for Aviation Safety Diploma and a Certificate from Airports International Association and "Euromarket-2000". The airlines current Airbus fleet comprises three A310s and two A300-600F.

According to the latest Airbus Global Market Forecast (GMF) CIS airlines will need more than 1,400 passenger aircraft valued $123 billion over the next 20 years to meet traffic growth and aircraft replacement. Passenger traffic in the region is expected to increase by 5.7% per year on average over the next 20 years, compared to the world average of 4.7%. Today, 14 airlines in CIS operate over 180 Airbus aircraft, with over 80 jets to be delivered in the near future.

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