Bhutan’s national airline Drukair has signed a firm order for one Airbus A319 aircraft.
The order, announced at the UK’s Farnborough International Airshow, follows a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in February 2012. The new aircraft, which comes equipped with Airbus’ ‘Sharklet’ wing-tip extensions, will boost the airline’s A319 fleet to three aircraft.
“We are delighted to be ordering the Airbus A319 equipped with fuel saving Sharklets,” said Dasho Sonam Tshering, Drukair’s Chairman. “The addition of a third A319 will enable us to increase capacity and open up new direct routes and to welcome even more visitors to our landlocked country where aviation really is our gateway to the world. Its economic importance cannot be overestimated.”
The A319 will enable Drukair to add services to regional destinations such as Singapore and Hong Kong.