Aviation lessor and financier, GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) has sign a contract with Ural Airlines to provide two A321neo aircraft in October and December this year. The narrowbody aircraft will be the first LEAP-powered A321neos to enter service in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
“We’re proud to bring these new technology aircraft to Ural Airlines,” explains Mick O’Mahony, GECAS’ commercial SVP and region manager for the Middle East and CIS. “It’s a pleasure to continue our more than 10-year relationship with Ural Airlines and support the expansion of their fleet.”
“The A321neo will provide pilots and crews with commonality with our existing A320 family fleet along with the enhanced fuel efficiency of the LEAP engines”, said Andrei Melnikov, head of fleet development, adding “These new aircraft provide us additional capacity as we continue to grow and renew our fleet while offering our customers the comfort afforded by these modern aircraft.”
With a current in-service fleet of 45 aircraft from the Airbus A320 family, the Russian operator carries more than nine million passengers annually and is among the largest growing Russian airline.