Aurora Airlines parts with Boeing 737

Aurora Airlines The carrier completely got rid of its 737 aircraft, replacing them with the Airbus A319 (Photo by Fyodor Borisov / transport-photo.com)

Aurora Airlines recently phased out all narrow-body Boeing 737s.

The 737 is no longer listed on Aurora’s website as being a part of the carrier’s fleet. The very last aircraft of this type that was in use by the airline—a Boeing 737-500 with the number RA-73013—“at the current moment is not being used by Aurora Airlines, and is now in the process of being returned to lessor,” according to what Aeroflot told Russian Aviation Insider. Information about the future of the aircraft has not yet been specified.

According to data from open sources, the 737 was manufactured 19 years ago. It is one of three Boeing 737s—two 737-200s and one 737-500—that came into Aurora’s possession when SAT Airlines merged to create the new airline in 2013. The latter had operated the aircraft since 2009.

Aurora Airlines completely changed its Boeing 737 fleet for the narrow-body Airbus A319. In February of this year, Aurora completed its fleet of Airbus A319 aircraft, bringing the number of aircraft of that type in Aurora’s fleet to ten. Other than this, Aurora operates a fleet of three Bombardier Q400s, four Q300s, and two Q200s, as well as two DHC-6 Twin Otters.

According to results from the first four months of 2016, Aurora—51% of which is owned by Aeroflot, and 49% by the government of Sakhalin—occupies eleventh place among Russian airlines according to number of passengers served. For this period, the air carrier served 375.6 thousand passengers, against 307.8 thousand passengers registered for the same people in 2015, an increase of 22%.

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