Moscow - Khanty-Mansiysk -based Russian airline operator finally launches its long-delayed fleet renewal.

In the backlog of Boeing, the order had been attributed to an anonymous customer. Now Boeing has revealed that it was Utair who ordered the 30, 737 MAX 8. The agreement was officially signed on April 8, according to the data from Boeing's order book. In April, Utair has also signed a preliminary lease agreement for two 737 MAX 8 from Air Lease Corporation.

Boeing will deliver the first 737 MAX to Utair in the spring 0f 2019. The delivery will mark the beginning of the Utair's fleet renewal program, which has been temporarily shelved due to the economic crisis in Russia.

Utair was founded in 2002 under the name of Tyumen Avia Trans. The Russian carrier operates scheduled domestic and international charter flights through its hubs at Surgut International Airport and Vnukovo International Airport.

The company owns a fleet of 65 aircraft, 15 ATR 72, 47 Boeing 737 and three Boeing 767-200 ER.