Breaking: Russia’s Azimuth Airlines Orders 6 Airbus A220s

Azimuth Airlines will become the first Russian operator of the Airbus A220 after placing an order for six Airbus A220-300 aircraft. The airline will lease the aircraft from ALC, with the first of the type to be delivered in around a year’s time. The news was announced this afternoon at the MAKS Air Show in Moscow.

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Azimuth Airlines has placed an order for six Airbus A220-300 aircraft. Photo: Airbus

The pandemic has shown us that the Airbus A220 is the little plane that could. The aircraft is operating more flights than pre-pandemic and is clearly being noticed as can be seen with Azimuth Airlines’ new commitment to the type.

About Azimuth’s order

Azimuth Airlines today revealed it would take six Airbus A220-300 aircraft, making it the first Russian airline to do so. Azimuth intends to fly the aircraft with a single cabin class. 148 economy seats will likely be arranged in a 2-3 configuration.

Azimuth will operate the aircraft from three of its bases. These are the ones in Rostov-on-Don, Krasnodar, and Mineralnye Vody. The airline plans to use the aircraft on domestic flights to Siberia, and on short-haul international routes.

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The aircraft will join the airline’s existing SSJ100 fleet. Photo: Getty Images

Who is Azimuth Airlines?

At this point, you may be wondering who Azimuth Airlines is? According to data from ch-aviation.com, the airline is a Russian scheduled carrier founded in 2014. Data from Cirium shows that its first flight was operated in December 2017. The airline serves 42 destinations across eight countries with 102 routes.

According to ch-aviation.com, the airline has three existing A220-300 orders placed on June 4th, by Ilyushin Finance. While it is yet to take delivery of its first Airbus A220, the airline has a fleet of 14 Sukhoi SSJ100 aircraft. This consists of six 95B aircraft with an average age of 2.4 years and a further eight 95LR aircraft with an average age of 4.3 years. As such, the airline’s total average fleet age is just 3.5 years.

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