UTair has taken delivery of its first Airbus aircraft. Airbus handed the A321 to the Russian airline at a ceremony in Hamburg, Germany. The aircraft is part of a firm order for 20 A321s signed in July 2012. The airline plans to use the A321s to develop its route network. “This delivery demonstrates our intention to keep up high growth rates and strengthen our position amongst leading Russian airlines. The A321 is part of our fleet modernisation programme and is fully in line with the company’s strategy on improving service, ensuring high level of reliability and network development,” said Andrey Martirosov, UTair CEO.