Moscow - Turkey-backed Pegas Touristik subsidiary Nordwind Airlines becomes the first operator of the Boeing 737-900 in Russia, the largest member of the 737NG family.

Nordwind becomes the first airline to operate the Boeing 737-900.

Scheduled charter operator Nordwind Airlines will include four 737-900 to its fleet until March 2019. The first aircraft is expected to arrive by the end of this year.

All four 737-900s are ten years old second-hand devices, which were previously operated by Indonesian low-cost carrier Lion Airlines. They are configured to accommodate 214 passengers, although the maximum capacity of the 737-900 is up to 220seats.

The B737-800, the most popular member of the NG family in Russia, can carry 198 passengers at most.

Nordwind has no plans for a massive fleet expansion for 2019, the airline’s deputy director Imran Nazarov told Russian Aviation Insider, adding that the new aircraft acquirements are primarily made to renew the existing fleet.

The Moscow, Sheremetyevo-based charter carrier has recently added two brand new Boeing 737-800.

Nordwind airlines currently operates 25 aircraft between airports in Russia and holiday destinations around the Mediterranean Sea and the Indian Ocean.