Uzbekistan Airways refuses from the last Russian aircraft

As of May 1, 2018 Uzbekistan Airways, the national air carrier of Uzbekistan, refused from commercial operation of Russian passenger aircraft IL-114-100, used on domestic flights, the Air Company’s website reported, the Fergana Information Agency writes.

The operation of this type of aircraft was discontinued in order to unify the aircraft fleet, improve the efficiency and profitability of flights, Uzbekistan Airways explained. Pilots of IL-114-100 are retrained and trained to operate Boeing and A320 aircraft.

The Uzbekistan Airways’ fleet has six IL-114-100s, produced in 2006-2012. They were received by the air carrier in 2008-2013 under contracts with the Chkalov Tashkent Aircraft Production Association (CTAPA), which is currently the Tashkent Mechanical Plant. All six IL-114-100s are designed to carry 52 passengers, and they will be put up for sale, the Air Company said.

Ato.Ru, the Russian aviation portal, with reference to a source in Uzbekistan Airways, reported in March 2018 there were plans to lease these planes. The source of the publication called for not linking the withdrawal of aircraft from the Uzbekistan Airways’ fleet with technical issues, noting that the capacity of turboprops was not enough.

Uzbekistan Airways is the largest air company in the former USSR, not counting Russian airlines. In 2012, after the fleet was modernized, all Soviet-made aircraft were decommissioned from it. They were replaced by Airbus, Boeing and IL-114-100 aircraft. The latter were operated by Uzbekistan Airways on domestic air routes.

Uzbekistan Airways was the only commercial operator of IL-114s in the world. Now, the aircraft fleet of this air carrier consists of Boeing-757/767, Boeing-787-8 Dreamliner, A320 and cargo Boeing-767-300BCF.

In April 2018, the airline put up six IL-76TD cargo planes, as well as several helicopters and aircraft engines, for sale. The sale of equipment was explained by the unification of the aircraft-engine fleet.

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