Uzbek fleet upgrade continues with A320 and Il-114 arrival

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Uzbekistan Airways is continuing its fleet modernisation, introducing the first Airbus A320 under a deal signed in 2007 and acquiring a fifth Ilyushin Il-114 turboprop.

Airbus is to supply six A320s to Uzbekistan Airways this year and four in 2011, says the carrier.

After completing the programme, the carrier will have an all-Western medium-haul fleet, which also comprises six Boeing 757-200s.

To enhance its short-haul arm, the Tashkent-based airline has acquired a fifth 52-seat Il-114-100 from local airframer TAPO.

It expects to receive two more of the type by the beginning of 2011 and dispose of its remaining Antonov An-24s and Yakovlev Yak-40s afterwards.