Russia’s Moscow-based VIM Avia will take delivery of two leased Airbus A319s at the end of March. Company spokesperson Elena Fedorova said the aircraft are currently being repainted in VIM Avia livery.
The A319s, which will be used on some leisure destinations, will accommodate 150 passengers in a one-class configuration. No other details, including the leasing company, were released.
VIM Avia’s fleet includes nine Boeing 757s. The carrier also disclosed plans to add two 767s, although VIM representatives said the carrier has not yet found suitable aircraft.
At Moscow’s MAKS 2013 Air Show, VIM Avia signed a memorandum of understanding with Ilyushin Finance Co. for five Bombardier CS300s and a preliminary agreement for five Tupolev Tu-204s with five options. Delivery schedules have not been announced.
VIM Avia is the ninth biggest airline in Russia. In 2013, it carried 1.39 million passengers, down 8% from 2012. The carrier operates scheduled domestic and international flights as well as international charter flights.