The Russian carrier took delivery of the first of four new Boeing 737-800s (reg VQ-BQQ, serial 37552) on 28 May 2011. The second aircraft (reg VQ-BQP, serial 37553) followed on 1 June 2011. These aircraft became the first in Russia and Eastern Europe to feature Boeing's new Sky Interior. These new 737s were originally ordered by Atlant-Soyuz in September 2008. UTair also plans to acquire 5 737-800s previously operated by Atlant-Soyuz. The Moscow-based carrier rebranded as Moskva Airlines in October 2010 but ceased operations due to bankruptcy three months later. UTair will launch 737-800 services on routes from Moscow Vnukovo to Irkutsk, Novosibirsk, Sochi and Surgut. Fast-growing UTair expects to transport more than 7 million passengers in 2011, an increase of 40% on 2010, and made possible by a fleet expansion during the year which, in addition to the 9 Boeing 737-800s, includes 10 Boeing 737-500s, two Boeing 757-200s, 12 ATR42/72s, and three Bombardier CRJ-200s. After making a preliminary commitment for 24 Sukhoi SSJ-100 Superjets in November 2010, the airline is also considering signing a firm order for these aircraft before the end of 2011.
Wed, Jun 8 2011 4:05 PM
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