The first Siberia Airlines Boeing 737-500 has arrived in Novosibirsk
Siberia Airlines is plans to use these mid-range aircraft for flights from Moscow on domestic routes (Sochi, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhnii Novgorod, Kazan, Chelyabinsk, Novosibirsk, Nizhnevartovsk, etc.), and also for flights to Germany, Armenia, and Ukraine. It is planned that the first flights will take place in the first days of June, after completion of the required customs procedures and insertion of the new aircraft type into the airline’s Operator’s Certificate. At the current time the airline’s specialists are conducting work with a number of airports in order to provide for permission for servicing this new modification of the Boeing 737, which has never before been operated within Russia.
The flight deck and maintenance staff, as well as the flight attendants have already undergone training on this type of airplane at leading world aviation centers. The aircraft itself was subjected to a D-check (the equivalent of a ”capital repair” by Russian standards) by the specialists of Lufthansa Technik in Shannon.
Each airplane is equipped to transport 104 passengers: 96 people in economy class and 8 in the business class cabin. The Boeing 737-500 is distinguished by its roomy cabin, low cabin noise level and other advantages which ensure a comfortable flight on board this type of aircraft. Siberia is painting the planes in the new scheme envisioned by the re-branding program of the airline.
“Passengers will like the Boeing 737 aircraft. They are comfortable and very reliable, which ensures high precision in adhering to the flight schedule. For its part, the airline prefers this model since it is distinguished by a very low operating cost level. Besides this, the universal advantage of the Boeing 737 is the low level of noise and exhaust”, noted the Russian division of the Boeing Company.
All the Boeing 737-500’s which Siberia is starting to operate are equipped with CFM56-7 engines produced by the company CFMI, a joint venture of General Electric (USA) and Snecma (France). The noise level created by these engines is significantly lower than the maximum permitted values provided for by the ICAO Stage 3 convention. It is also lower than the maximum noise level provided for in Stage 4. Thanks to its high fuel efficiency and relatively small capacity, this type of aircraft is ideal for flights on short-haul and mid-range flights, including those with small passenger volumes.
The Boeing 737-500 is the youngest model of the “classical” series of Boeing 737 (737-300/-400/-500), which was in mass production from 1990-1999. The airplanes which Siberia Airlines is leasing were produced in 1992-1993. According to the data of the magazine MRO Management, today there are 386 Boeing 737-500’s in the global aviation fleet.