Introduction to Silk Avia’s Fleet Expansion

Silk Avia, a promising newcomer within the Uzbekistan Airways Group, has recently celebrated a significant milestone in its operational capabilities with the induction of a brand-new ATR 72-600 aircraft. This event not only marks the beginning of a new chapter for Silk Avia but also signifies the first-ever delivery of a new ATR aircraft to Central Asia. The aircraft’s arrival in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, was celebrated with traditional fanfare, including a ceremonial water arch.

Strategic Expansion and Investment

As part of a strategic initiative announced during the visit of the President of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, to Paris in November 2022, Silk Avia has committed to acquiring five ATR 72-600 aircraft. This move is aimed at bolstering the airline’s domestic route network within Uzbekistan. The acquisition includes three aircraft purchased directly from the manufacturer, with the remaining two being leased from Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC), underlining a substantial investment in the modernization and efficiency of the airline’s fleet.

Objectives and Ambitions of Silk Avia

Shukhrat Khudaykulov, the Chairman of the Board of Uzbekistan Airways, emphasized the airline’s ambitious goal to lead in the domestic air transportation sector. The introduction of the ATR 72-600 aircraft is expected to expand the route network, increase flight frequencies, and enhance operational efficiency, thereby providing passengers with more comfortable and accessible travel options. Additionally, this initiative aligns with the broader objectives of promoting domestic tourism and making air travel more affordable for the citizens of Uzbekistan.

ATR’s Role and Future Prospects

Alexis Vidal, ATR’s Senior Vice President Commercial, expressed enthusiasm for Silk Avia’s choice of the ATR 72-600, highlighting the aircraft’s potential to serve as a catalyst for regional aviation in Uzbekistan and Central Asia. The ATR 72-600’s advanced features, including its fuel efficiency and flexibility, are ideally suited to connect communities and stimulate economic growth within the region. The induction of Silk Avia into the ATR family is seen as a pioneering move that will likely encourage further adoption of ATR aircraft in Central Asia.

It is noteworthy that, in addition to the newly arrived ATR 72-600, Silk Avia has also acquired three ATR 72-600s from Bangkok Airways, further solidifying its commitment to enhancing its service offerings and operational capabilities.

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