Russia’s UTair Aviation has signed an agreement to buy 40 Next-Generation Boeing 737s, including seven 737-900ERs and 33 737-800s.
Boeing and UTair announced the agreement on June 22 at the Paris Airshow.
UTair is one of the largest Boeing operators in Russia, with a fleet of over 30 Boeing jets. In 2011, UTair became the first operator in Russia and Eastern Europe to fly new Boeing 737-800s with the enhanced Boeing Sky Interior.
By the end of this year, UTair will increase its Boeing 737-800 fleet to nine aircraft, according to the manufacturer.
“Our decision to further expand our Next-Generation Boeing 737 fleet is based on its high efficiency,” says Andrey Martirosov, UTair’s CEO. “These airplanes meet today’s commercial needs of the airline by their value-for-money and availability of early delivery positions”.
Boeing says its looks forward to finalizing the new order agreement with UTair.
UTair ranks among the top four passenger carriers in CIS and Baltic States and has the most developed network, according to Boeing.
In the summer of 2011, UTair aircraft will make over 300 passenger flights a day. According to UTair’s business plan, in 2011, the airline will carry over 7 million passengers.
Including its three helicopter-operator subsidiaries (UTair Europe, UTair SA and UTair Sierra Leone), UTair Group operates the largest fleet in Russia, its fleet consisting of more than 200 aircraft.
As of December 2010, the company’s commercial-aircraft fleet numbered 67 aircraft. In addition to ATR 42s, ATR 72s, Bombardier CRJ200s and Tupolev Tu-154Ms, UTair operates 21 Boeing 737-500s, seven Boeing 737-400s, fourBoeing 757-200s and two Boeing 737-800s. The carrier also has 24 Sukhoi Superjet 100s on order.