Russian provincial carrier IrAero has outlined plans to expand its Western-built fleet and broaden its international reach.
During a presentation in Irkutsk ahead of the summer season, the company's president Yuri Lapin said it intended to acquire an unspecified number of Bombardier CRJ700s.
The aircraft should be brought in over the next three years and complement IrAero's six smaller capacity CRJ200s, which account for the bulk of its passenger traffic.
The carrier is also looking to take three Boeing 737s in two variants and one 777 before 2016. Negotiations over these aircraft end are already under way, says Lapin.
He adds that longer term fleet expansion and modernisation plans envision acquiring Irkut MS-21 twinjets when they become available.
As well as stepping up regional services, IrAero is actively looking to develop cross-border operations. Its summer schedule includes new weekly rotations from Omsk to Yerevan, Dushanbe, Bishkek and Tashkent.
The carrier has also increased frequencies on its Irkutsk-Harbin route from one to four flights a week.