VIM-Avia receives its first Boeing 777

The Boeing 777-200ER with tail number VP-BVA was previously operated by Malaysia Airlines The Boeing 777-200ER with tail number VP-BVA was previously operated by Malaysia Airlines (Photo by Aero Icarus / Wikipedia)

Russian carrier VIM-Avia Airlines has taken delivery of a Boeing 777-200ER. The aircraft is a new type and the only wide-body aircraft in the operator’s fleet. It will be operated on the airline’s existing routes and will also facilitate the carrier’s network expansion.

VIM-Avia did not provide any details on the aircraft. According to the open sources, the aircraft is s.n. 28413, tail number VP-BVA. It was manufactured in 1998 and, until summer 2015, was operated by Malaysia Airlines under the tail number 9M-MRF.

VIM-Avia signed the operational leasing agreement with MC Aviation Partners, part of Mitsubishi. The aircraft seats 400 passengers in two-class configuration cabin.

The carrier mentioned plans for receiving several more Boeing 777s and 767s in early May. The number of aircraft is not disclosed.

VIM-Avia currently operates ten narrow-body aircraft: six long-haul Boeing 757s and four short-haul Airbus A319s.

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