MIAT Mongolian Airlines will lease two Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft from Avolon.

The carrier will place the jets into service in early 2019, says Boeing. It will operate the new aircraft on existing routes to South Korea, China, Japan, Russia, Germany and other new routes.

"The 737 Max will become a cornerstone in our fleet modernisation strategy as we look to introduce new airplanes to our customers in the years to come," says Tamir Tumurbaatar, president and chief executive of MIAT.

The airline is an all-Boeing operator. Flight Fleets Analyzer shows it has three 737-800s and one Boeing 767-300ER. The carrier said in 2015 it will defer orders for two 737-800s, with the intention of converting them to the Max.

Tumurbaatar notes that MIAT will launch new scheduled service to Busan this summer and will raise frequencies for flights to Asia and Europe for the peak travel season.

Avolon holds orders for 20 737 Max aircraft. Earlier reports indicate these are split evenly between the 737 Max 8 and Max 9.

Source: Cirium Dashboard