In the network of its fleet renewal and expansion program UTair Aviation handed over 15 ATR 72-500 aircraft (YOM 2011-2012) to its subsidiary – UTair-Express, the carrier’s press-service reports.
"The advanced ATR 72-500 aircraft are operated by UTair-Express on popular routes with limited passenger traffic: Moscow - Voronezh, Moscow – Tambov, Moscow – Kursk, Moscow – Nizhny Novgorod, Moscow - Ulyanovsk, Surgut – Tyumen, Surgut – Yekaterinburg, Surgut Novosibirsk, etc. Moreover, on April 1st 2014 UTair-Express launched its first international flight on route Moscow - Vilnius. Thanks to acquisition of the new liners the passenger traffic of UTair-Express increased by 61.1% during the first two months of 2014 (as compared to 2013)", - UTair noted.
ATR 72-500 is the state-of-the-art twin-engine short-haul turboprop manufactured by French-Italian concern ATR. Its cabin is fitted with 70 seats and its range is 1650 km. This year UTair-Express will take delivery of 6 Sukhoi Superjet 100 LR liners (manufactured by Sukhoi Civil Aircraft). Moreover, this year 16 new Airbus A321 and Boeing 737-800/900 jets delivered to the carrier directly from the manufacturers’ sites will join the fleet of UTair Group, the carrier noted.