50 SKY SHADES - World aviation news

Russia’s low-cost Pobeda to receive 20 Boeing 737MAXs within three years

Download: Printable PDF Date: 28 Oct 2018 07:47 category:
Publisher:
Russia’s low-cost Pobeda to receive 20 Boeing 737MAXs within three years - Airlines publisher
Dana Ermolenko
Country: Russian Federation Aircraft: Airplanes
Source: Rusaviainsider

Pobeda Airlines, Russia’s only low-cost carrier, and which is part of Aeroflot Group, has placed an order for 20 Boeing 737MAX aircraft for a total value of up to US$1.5 billion. The new aircraft are expected to enter service between 2019 and 2022. Japan’s SMBC Aviation Capital is financing 15 and the remaining five will be delivered via the USA’s GE Capital Aviation Services.

The contract with SMBC Aviation Capital covers the basic version, the 178-seat Boeing 737MAX-8, for the amount of up to $1.125 billion, with a year 2020 option to convert seven of the -8s to the Boeing MАХ200, a larger variant of the MAX-8 which is capable of carrying up to 200 passengers. The delivery schedule stretches between November 2019 and November 2021, with the leasing period not to exceed 10 years.

American GE Capital Aviation Services has committed to delivering up to five of the aircraft between January and July 2020 for a leasing period of nine years.

The maintenance deposits within the first contract should not exceed $250,000 per aircraft (VAT excluded), and $270,000 in the second contract, provided monthly flight times do not exceed 380 hours per aircraft. According to Boeing, last year Pobeda was the world leader in B737 daily utilisation, with up to 16 flight-hours per aircraft.

Pobeda Airlines’ plan to acquire up to 30 re-engined Boeing 737MAXs was first revealed in July of this year, when it announced a tender for consulting services to assist in coordinating the transaction.

The fast-growing low-cost carrier currently operates a mono fleet of 22 Boeing 737-800 narrow-bodies and is adding two more aircraft of the type before the end of this year.

In the meantime, the first Boeing 737MAX-8 has already entered service with S7 Airlines, Russia’s launch operator of the type and the country’s second largest airline group. At least two more local airlines – Utair and Ural Airlines – are anticipating deliveries of the aircraft they have on order.

Pobeda Airlines launched operations in 2014 and at present boasts the Russian scheduled air service industry’s record seat load factor of 97 per cent. In 2018 it projects its traffic will reach seven million passengers, exceeding last year’s results by 50 per cent.



Loading comments for Russia’s low-cost Pobeda to receive 20 Boeing 737MAXs within three years...


Recommended

Qantas launches new mystery flight weekend adventures

Flight to nowhere? Check. Flight to somewhere? Check. Flight to who knows where? That’s next. Qantas has announced the latest in its series of highly popular concept flights to combat the b...

Eurowings enters British leisure travel market

Dreariness in Germany, holiday fever in the UK: Eurowings is entering the British travel market in response to the surge in demand for flights between the UK and Mallorca. Germany’s number one h...

4AIR becomes first private aviation participant in the IATA Aviation Carbon Exchange

4AIR has become the first private aviation stakeholder to make a trade on the IATA Aviation Carbon Exchange ACE, a centralized platform where airlines and other aviation stakeholders can tra...

Wizz Air became first customer of AVIATAR Technical Logbook solution

Wizz Air becomes the first customer of the Technical Logbook solution of AVIATAR. Through the newly introduced solution, Wizz Air will replace the manual and paper-based process of capturing technical...