Almaty - SCAT Airlines, based at Kazakhstan's Shymkent Airport, announced an order for six Boeing 737 MAX 8 with a purchase commitment for an additional five. The contract has a value of $ 674 million at list price.

SCAT Airlines currently operates 7 single-aisle Boeing, four 757-200 and one 767-300ER, as well as six Bombardier CRJ200s.

"The 737 MAX 8 is our network strategy, as we expand to include destinations in Europe, Russia, and the Far East," said Vladimir Denssov, President of SCAT Airlines.

"The reliability and low operating costs of the aircraft and the passenger experience were the main factors in the selection of the 737 MAX," he added.

SCAT Airlines currently operates 7 single-aisle Boeing, four 757-200 and one 767-300ER, as well as six Bombardier CRJ200s. "We appreciate our partnership with SCAT Airlines and their continued confidence in Boeing products," said Marty Bentrott, Vice President, Boeing Commercial Airplanes of Sales Middle East, Turkey, Russia, Central Asia and Africa. "We look forward to supporting SCAT Airlines' plans for expansion and continue to play a vital role in their long-term success," he added.