VIM Avia to lease pair of A319s from AWAS

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Russia’s VIM Avia has signed an operating lease agreement with AWAS for two Airbus A319 aircraft.

The 150-seat aircraft are from the AWAS’ existing portfolio with the first aircraft delivering today, confirms the operating lessor.

The A319s will be deployed on existing routes as well as new ones to be launched under the Moscow-based carrier's network expansion plans.

"We have been a long time Boeing 757-200 operator, however working with AWAS we became convinced that the economics of the A319s can provide us an advantage on parts of our network," says VIM Avia's president Rashid Mursekaev.

Last November the Russian carrier announced its intention to introduce the A319 model to its fleet and said it was looking to take deliveries in the first quarter of 2014.

Flightglobal's Ascend Online database lists seven 757-200s in the airline's active fleet. Another three aircraft of the type are in storage along with a 767-300ER.