Mar 17, 2009

Armavia takes delivery of its first new A319

March 17, 2009 by Marcel van Leeuwen 
Armenia flag carrier Armavia has today taken delivery of its first new A319. The aircraft was handed over to Armavia’s President, Mikhail Bagdasarov, at a ceremony held at the Airbus factory in Hamburg, Germany. Operated under a lease agreement with ILFC, the new A319 will increase the airline’s Airbus fleet to five aircraft.
Armavia’s A319 features the all-new cabin that recently entered service on all members of the A320 Family, and which provides more passenger comfort in a more modern and brighter environment. The aircraft, powered by CFM International CFM56 engines, can accommodate 134 passengers in a two-class cabin layout. The airline plans to operate this aircraft on its international routes, such as to Moscow, Paris, Amsterdam, Saint Petersburg, Zurich, Berlin, Athens, Kiev, Odessa, Simferopol and Dubai.
“The acquisition of Airbus aircraft has become a heart-warming tradition for Armenia and in particular for its national carrier, Armavia,” said Mikhail Bagdasarov, President of Armavia.
Armavia, the national flag carrier of Armenia, was founded in 1996. Since 2005, Armavia fully belongs to the private entity MIKA Trading Co. Armavia was the first airline in the CIS region to operate A320 Family aircraft, from 2002. Today the airline operates two A319s and two A320s, flying to numerous destinations in the CIS, Europe and Asia.
“We are glad that Armavia airline continues to enlarge its single-aisle fleet with the best-selling A320 Family aircraft. The airline will undoubtedly benefit not only from the great economic efficiency of the A319, but also from its commonality with its Airbus fleet in operation, while its passengers enjoy unprecedented level of comfort in the new cabin,” added John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers.

Sources: Airbus,

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