Uzbekistan-based carrier Air Samarkand is continuing its preparations for the launch of new services with the delivery of a second aircraft, an Airbus A321.
The airline welcomed the new arrival at Samarkand International Airport just a week after receiving its first A330-300 long-haul widebody aircraft.
By the end of 2023, Air Samarkand expects to receive and have up to five aircraft.
The Airbus A321 is one of the most popular narrowbodied airliners for short- and medium-haul routes and is designed to carry 182 passengers in Economy Class and 12 in Business Class on routes with a range of up to 6,000km.
Air Samarkand says its Economy Class seat pitch will be at least 31 inches (78.7 cm), providing comfort for even the tallest of passengers.
The A321 aircraft, like others in the Air Samarkand fleet, is equipped with an in-flight entertainment system with built-in seat-back screens.
A full-service carrier, Air Samarkand will provide hot meals on all flights, with pillows, blankets and other amenities provided to its customers.
Air Samarkand says it will provide those living in one of the oldest cities in Asia and its neighbouring regions with the opportunity to travel direct to popular destinations – beginning with services to cities in Turkey, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and China.
The airline also states that there will be further expansion into Europe over the next 12 months.