Uzbekistan Airways has placed a firm order with Airbus for a dozen A320neo Family aircraft (split into 8 A320neo and four A321neo aircraft) as part of its fleet modernisation strategy. 

The new aircraft will join the carrier’s current fleet of 17 Airbus A320 Family aircraft and will use them to further develop its domestic and international route network, including strengthening its footprint in Central Asia.

Ilhom Makhkamov, Chairman of the Board of Uzbekistan Airways, said that this contract was a “new step”, one aimed at also “offering our passengers the most modern and comfortable aircraft”.

Airbus’s Chief Commercial Officer and Head of International, Christian Scherer, said that the manufacturer saw a “good potential for growth” in the Central Asia region. He was also optimistic that, by adding more A320neo Family aircraft to its fleet, Uzbekistan Airways would “benefit from this growth and play a leading role” in the region.