Russian low-cost carrier Pobeda has committed to lease an additional 20 Boeing 737 MAX 8s, which includes an option to convert seven to the 197-seat MAX 200 variant. The airline will acquire the aircraft through lessors SMBC and GECAS.
Of the 20 aircraft, 15 will be financed through SMBC, whilst the remaining five will be ordered through GECAS. Seven of the aircraft from SMBC will be subject to a MAX 200 conversion option, meaning that should Pobeda wish, they will be delivered in the high-density configuration. The MAX 200 variant of the 737 MAX 8 seats 197 passengers, eight seats more than the baseline model. The MAX 200 has already been purchased by fellow low-cost carriers VietJet and Ryanair.
The aircraft will be powered by CFM International Leap-1B engines and deliveries will start during the latter half of 2019. Pobeda, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Aeroflot, had previously purchased 15 737 MAX 8s.
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