UTair expands fleet with 767s

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Published: May 25, 2012

Russia’s UTair (UT) will lease eight Boeing 767-200ERs, the company said in a statement. The aircraft will be delivered in 2012-2013. According to industry experts, UT will receive the first 767 in June or July. The carrier, which did not disclose the leasing company, said aircraft will operate on the Russian Far East routes.

 UT, Russia’s third biggest carrier, served 5.8 million passengers in 2011, 31.3% more than the previous year.

The carrier does not have any long-range widebodies in its fleet and its route network does not include Far East destinations.

Since Lufthansa moved some of its Moscow flights from Domodedovo (DME) to Vnukovo Airport (VKO), industry analysts have said the move could help UT become a future Star Alliance member ( ATW Daily News, Jan. 16 ).

UT Group, which includes UTair-Express and UTair-Ukraine, operates a fleet of more than 200 aircraft, including 30 Boeing 737-500s, nine 737-800s, seven 737-400s and five 757-200s.

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