Yamal looks to Airbus A320 for future capacity boost

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West Siberian carrier Yamal Airlines has picked the Airbus A320 as its preferred narrowbody to modernise its fleet.

After withdrawing 11 Tupolev Tu-134s and four Yakovlev Yak-40s from service, the majority of the Salekhard-based airline's operations are carried out using eight Boeing 737s.

Managing director Vasily Kryuk said it will soon introduce three more 737-500s to partially make up for lost capacity.

"Afterwards, we will turn to A320-family aircraft which we find more suitable for meeting our needs in the medium-range segment," he said.

Earlier this year the carrier brought in a 1999-built A320-200 on operational lease from Aircastle.

Kryuk expects the arrival of four Bombardier CRJ200 jets before 2012 with a further four CRJ200 deliveries by summer 2012.