Moscow - Aeroflot's low-cost subsidiary Pobeda Airlines wants to acquire up to thirty Boeing 737 MAX 8 with the possibility of conversion to the MAX 10 or the MAX 200.

The airline has announced a competitionfrom Russia’s state procurement website for consulting services to coordinate the deal. Pobeda has already signed for 15 737 MAX 8 last month deliverable from autumn 2019.

The cost of the overall acquisition is estimated $1.8 billion, according to Russian media.

Based at Moscow-Vnukovo airport, Pobeda is Russia’s first low-cost carrier. The airline operates 20, 737-800 (4 more in order book) all configured to accommodate 189 passengers.

The airline aims to modernize its aging fleet with Boeing's new generation 737 MAX series aircraft.

The Aeroflot subsidiary carried 4.7 million passengers last year and 3.1 million passengers in the first half of 2018 (+ 12.5%). The operator targets 16 million travelers by 2022.