Russia's Donavia switching to all-A319 fleet by 2013

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Russian regional carrier Donavia is set to introduce a single type all-Airbus A319 fleet in 2013.

The Rostov-on-Don-based subsidiary of Aeroflot is in the process of phasing out its six Boeing 737-400 and 737-500 aircraft.

Newly appointed director general Alexander Steblin says he plans to take out leases on two A319s, in addition to the two received earlier this year. Donavia will deploy them on seasonal charter routes to Paris, Munich, Prague and Plovdiv.

"In 2013 we plan to replace all of our remaining 737s with A319s," he adds. "Fleet renewal and unification should enable us to improve operational efficiency and customer service while reducing costs."

Over the past four years, Steblin has also served as the director of S7 Airlines affiliate Globus.