A Russian corporation, Rostekhnologii, will soon finalize an order for 35 of Boeing’s new technology 737, the 737 Max, reports FlightGlobal today.
The planes are worth about $3 billion at list prices. Boeing said final details of the deal have yet to be accomplished.
The planes would be the first of the 737 Max line of aircraft to be purchased by a Russian airline or leasing company.
The 737 Max will incorporate new fuel-saving engines, new split wingtips and other aerodynamic improvements to bolster fuel efficiency some 13 percent over present-generation single-aisle, twinjet aircraft.
The first 737 Max is scheduled to be delivered to Southwest Airlines in 2017. The Renton-built planes so far have garnered nearly 900 orders including the Russian order.
“Our partner airline carriers will receive the most modern aircraft with improved fuel efficiency, flight characteristics and greater comfort for passengers,” Rostekhnologii chief Sergey Chemezov told Flightglobal.
“Russian airlines will gain an advantage on global markets and will be able to increase their activity both within the country and internationally.”