Russia’s UTair Airlines is negotiating with Airbus and Boeing on new delivery schedules for its orders for 20 A321s and 40 Boeing 737-800/900ERs, Interfax reported. Eight A321s and six 737s have been delivered in 2013 and 2014.
Airbus and Boeing representatives in Russia have declined to comment on the matter.
UTair, which launched a cost-cutting program this summer, plans to reduce management staff by 30%. In IATA’s 2014-2015 winter season, the carrier will reduce staff by nearly 800 people, comprising 500 management staff and nearly 300 pilots and technicians. The program also includes optimizing route networks, decreasing aircraft handling time at airports between flights and automating MRO plans.
Last week, Moscow-based State Research and Development Institute for Civil Aeronautics said Russia’s air transport industry in Russia needs at least RUB75 billion ($1.85 billion) to stabilize in the coming year.