UTair receives first of eight 767-200ERs

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UTair has leased its first Boeing 767-200ER from BLF Ltd, a special purpose vehicle (SPV) set up to purchase the aircraft from previous operator United Airlines.

The Russian airline has received the 2001-build aircraft (MSN 30435) as the first instalment of an eight-plane contract, with two more units due to arrive before the end of the year.

It will be deployed on UTair's Moscow-Surgut and Moscow-Tyumen routes, the carrier says, becoming the first long-range, widebody aircraft to enter the fleet.

In addition to the 767s, UTair has orders for 40 next-generation 737s, 24 Sukhoi Superjets and 20 Airbus A321s - the latter of which were signed for at last week's Farnborough air show.