Uzbekistan, Tashkent, July 17 / Trend D.Azizov /
New A320 aircraft of Uzbekistan Havo Yollari (Uzbekistan Airways) will make its first commercial flight from Tashkent to Baku July 19, the company reported. The company has received its first Airbus A320 from ten planes ordered directly from Airbus as part of the carrier's strategic fleet modernisation programme.
The Uzbek airline received the first long-range A310 aircraft on 16 June 1993. This event marked the beginning of the replacement of ex-Soviet aircraft for efficient, reliable and comfortable Western-made airliners. With these aircrafts national airline gained its status as international carrier.
The eco-efficient A320 is powered by CFM-56 engines from CFM International and will benefit from the latest aircraft design and technological improvements contributing to lower fuel burn and emissions.
Medium-range A320 aircraft manufactured by Airbus will entirely replace outdated Tu-154 and An-24 aircraft on domestic and regional routes. The Tu-154 and An-24 aircraft operation terminates on 31 December 2010.
In 2007-2008, Uzbekistan Airways signed contracts with Airbus Industrie to purchase 10 aircrafts "A-320-200", as well as with Boeing to purchase four aircrafts Boeing 767-300ER aircraft and two Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner.
The purchase of new aircrafts is funded at own expense of Uzbekistan Airways (10 percent of all aircraft cost), the loan from the Fund for Reconstruction and Development of Uzbekistan (50 percent) and loans from foreign banks (40 percent).
At the second stage in 2012-2013, the company will receive four Boeing 767-300ER with PW 4062 engines worth $347.6 million, in the third stage - in 2013-2014 - four aircrafts A-320-200-with engines CFM-56-5B worth $190.9 million, and in July-August 2016 - two Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner aircraft with engines GENX-1B64 worth $230.4 million.
Uzbekistan Airways, the exclusive air carrier in Uzbekistan, is fully owned by the state. The fleet of the company has 18 aircrafts of western production, including 10 Boeing (five 767-300 and five 757-200), three Airbus A-310, three medium-RJ-85 and two cargo Airbus A300-600F ".
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