Airbus A321 delivered to Nordwind Airlines

Nordwind's aggressive expansion plans call for more narrowbody and widebody deliveries before year-end The airliner has not yet been painted in the carrier's colors (Sergey Sergeev / Russian Aviation Insider)

An Airbus A321 narrowbody airliner, painted in white and sporting registration code VP-BHN, has been ferried to Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport. According to open sources, the aircraft is intended for Nordwind Airlines.

The airliner was built in 2007 and previously operated by Britain’s GB Airways and easyJet, and also by Sri Lanka’s Mihin Lanka and SriLankan Airlines.

The aircraft is part of Nordwind’s aggressive fleet expansion strategy. In early April, the carrier announced plans to take delivery of five A321s and five Boeing 737-800s before the end of the year. One of the Boeings has already arrived, and sports the airline’s new livery. On the widebody side, plans for 2017 call for deliveries of three A330-200s and three Boeing 777-200ERs.

Nordwind currently operates four A321s (the recently delivered aircraft has not entered service with the operator yet), as well as four 737-800s and three 777-200s.

The airline’s traffic doubled year-on-year in Q1 2017 to 373,100 passengers.

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