S7 Airlines takes delivery of new Boeing 737-800NG
"This airplane is the first new Boeing Next Generation 737-800* in Russia. In May, here at the plant in Seattle, we're going to acquire another new airliner of the same type. S7 Airlines passengers will be able to experience all the advantages of these modern airplanes this summer," said Globus Airlines CEO Alexander Steblin at official delivery ceremony in Seattle.
"Boeing is delighted to deliver the first Next-Generation 737-800 to S7 Group and Globus Airlines," said Marty Bentrott, vice president of Sales for Russia, Central Asia and Middle East for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "This is a momentous occasion for Boeing as it marks the first 737-800 delivery to Russia directly from our production line. We are honored to transfer this great airplane to our important customer and are confident that S7 Group employees and passengers will enjoy its efficiency, reliability and comfort. We look forward to strengthening our strategic partnership and supporting S7's fleet growth and business expansion."
After some legal formalities, the airplane will be dispatched to Moscow Domodedovo Airport, after which it will begin to operate flights to Novosibirsk, Yakutsk, Ulan-Ude, Chita, Norilsk, Krasnodar, Sochi and other cities of S7's route network. The airplane will have a first commercial flight in May.
S7 placed an order for new Boeing Next-Generation 737-800 airplanes in 2006. This spring, the company will receive two aircrafts of ten specified in the contract.
Boeing 737 Next Generation family are modern aircrafts with improved characteristics compared with previous modifications. They have an extended range and greater carrying capacity. The winglets of the Next-Generation 737-800 reduce fuel consumption due to lower thrust during cruising, and as a consequence optimize engine maintenance costs and reduce harmful emissions. The airliner is designed to carry 160 passengers—12 in business class and 148 in economy class. The German company Recaro provided modern seats that make flying as comfortable as can be.
S7 Airlines currently has one of the most modern and youngest fleets in Russia. Airline operates aircrafts from the leading manufacturers Airbus and Boeing. S7 Airlines' fleet consists of 41 airplanes—20 Airbus A319s, 9 Airbus A320s, one Airbus A310, two long-range Boeing 767-300s, four Boeing 737-400s and five Boeing 737-800NGs.
* Length of the airplane: 39.5 m, cruising speed: 850 km/h, maximum range: 5665 km. The airliner is equipped with CFM56-7 engines and its maximum take off weight is 79.010 metric tons.