Airbus lands order with Uzbekistan Airways for A320neos

Uzbekistan Airways has placed a firm order with Airbus for 12 A320neo Family aircraft.

The agreement includes eight A320neos and four A321neos, which will join the operator’s current fleet of 17 A320 Family aircraft. The flag carrier has not yet announced its choice of engines for the new airframes.

The airline plans to operate these jets to further expand its domestic and international route network.

"This order with Airbus is a significant milestone for us as it aligns with our strategy of providing our passengers with the most modern and comfortable aircraft," said Ilhom Makhkamov, chairman of the board of Uzbekistan Airways. "The addition of these fuel-efficient A320neo Family aircraft to our fleet will not only enhance the travel experience for our passengers, but also enable us to expand our footprint in Central Asia and strengthen our domestic and international network."

"We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Uzbekistan Airways, which dates back to 1993," said Christian Scherer, chief commercial officer and head of international at Airbus. "The selection of the A320neo Family once again highlights the potential for growth in the Central Asian region and the ability of these modern and efficient planes to help Uzbekistan Airways capitalize on this growth and establish itself as a leading player in the region."

The A320neo Family aircraft, incorporating the latest technologies such as new generation engines and Sharklets, offer at least 20% fuel savings and reduced CO2 emissions, according to the European manufacturer.

Uzbekistan Airways currently operates a 35-strong mixed fleet incorporating both Boeing and Airbus types comprising nine A320-200s, three A320neos, five A321neos, two 757-200s, nine 767-300s and seven 787-8 Dreamliners.