Yekaterinburg, Russia - Russia's Ural Airlines expects to take delivery of its first of 14 Boeing 737 MAX on order this year in December as it was previously planned.
According to the Interfax news agency, the Russian carrier has no intention to delay or cancel its order for the 14 Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets.
These are good aircraft. Mistakes have been made, but they are going to be fixed, the airline chief executive Sergei Skuratov told Interfax.
Skuratov also said that the Boeing 737 MAX 8s have certain advantages over other aircraft types in the same class thanks to its seven hours 45 minutes non-stop flight capability with a full payload.
Two Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets crashed in Ethiopia and Indonesia in less than half a year, which triggered the global grounding of the aircraft.
Boeing is now working on a software update for the aircraft's stall prevention system that was identified as the cause of both crashes.
The software fix must be approved by the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration), EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) and other international regulators before Boeing's revamped single-aisle jet is allowed to fly again.
On July 7, Saudi low-cost operator flyadeal has dropped its order for 30 Boeing 737 MAX jets and opted for 30 Airbus A320neos instead due to uncertainty and safety concerns surrounding the aircraft.
Ural Airlines placed its order for 14 Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets in 2018. According to the agreement signed between the two companies, the planes will be delivered to the Russian airline from October 2019. The last aircraft will join the airline's fleet in May 2022.
Ural Airlines also expects to receive its first Airbus A320neo next month. The operator will receive two more Airbus A320neo and two A321LR by the end of 2019.
The company currently operates seven A319-200, 24 A320-200, and 15 A321-200.