VIM-Avia receives its first Boeing 737

The airline’s first Boeing 737 has already been painted into VIM colors The airline’s first Boeing 737 has already been painted into VIM colors (Photo from Twitter)

The air carrier VIM-Avia is preparing for the delivery of its first Boeing 737. Details about when the airline expects to receive the narrow-body aircraft have not yet been released.

The leasing company TransFin-M told Russian Aviation Insider that VIM-Avia will receive a Boeing 737-500 that was formerly operated by Transaero. TransFin-M said that aircraft, arranged in a single-class 126-seat configuration, will be delivered very soon, and that at the moment the aircraft is undergoing technical service.

TransFin-M has three aircraft in its fleet that were formerly operated by Transaero—two narrow-body Boeing 737-500s and one wide-body Boeing 767-300ER—which are currently being renovated for remarketing. When asked about how many aircraft will be handed over to VIM-Avia, a spokesperson for the leasing company said, “We are able to say something for sure about only one aircraft.”

Earlier, the technical director for VIM-Avia, Daniil Mazilin, said that the airline is currently carrying out talks about taking delivery of three Boeing 737-500s, saying that one of these 737s was formerly operated by Transaero. The airline has posted an inquiry for a pilot instructor for the Boeing 737Classic.

Since May, VIM-Avia has also taken delivery of wide-body aircraft, Boeing 777 and 767. The carrier has not specified how many of each type they have ordered.

VIM-Avia today operates 10 narrow-body aircraft: six Boeing 757s and four Airbus A319s.

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