Smartavia adds first Airbus A320neo to its fleet

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Russian carrier Smartavia has received its first Airbus A320neo aircraft, registered as VP-BOS.

The Airbus jet was previously in service for Mexican low-cost carrier Interjet. It was withdrawn from service in March 2020 amid the ongoing Coronavirus crisis and stored at Phoenix Goodyear Airport before being delivered to Smartavia. In total, the Russian airline will receive three A320neo jets. The first arrived at Moscow Domodedovo Airport (IATA: DME) on Thursday afternoon.

Besides the newly delivered aircraft, Smartavia already operates Boeing 737 airplanes, including Boeing 737-700 and 737-800. The company used to operate some Boeing 737-5o0 but retired the aircraft type in October 2020. The new A320neo will replace the older generation Boeing airplanes.

In 2019, the airline changed its name from ‘Nordavia’ to ‘Smartavia’ after a planned merger with Russian leisure carrier Red Wings Airlines fell through. Smartavia operates from its three main bases at Moscow Domodedovo, St. Petersburg Pulkovo and Arkhangelsk airport in Russia.