Novosibirsk - Boeing finally delivered the first copy of its re-engineered single-aisle to Russia. Novosibirsk-based S7 Airlines received its first 737MAX 8 making the airline the first operator of a 737 MAX family aircraft in Russia.
On October 13, the first Boeing 737MAX 8 registered VQ-BGW, painted with the colors of Russian carrier, arrived at the Novosibirsk’s Tolmachevo Airport.
The parent company S7 Group has nine 737 MAX 8 in its order book in total. The delivery of the second MAX 8 is expected at the end of this month to the another S7 Group subsidiary Globus.
The aircraft is powered by the CFM International LEAP-1B engine, which has received certification from Russia's Federal Air Transport Agency Rostavisia last month. The B737MAX will allow S7 Airlines to add longer flight routes such as new locations in Southeast Asia thanks to its enhanced fuel efficiency. One of the first Asian routes will probably be Vietnam.
Besides S7, Three other big Russian operators, Utair, Ural Airlines, and Pobeda Airlines are other customers of the 737 MAX family aircraft. The deliveries to these carriers are expected to start next year.
More Russian airlines expressed their interests in the American manufacturer's re-engineered narrowbody such as Yakutia and Izhavia.