Nok Airlines Public Company Limited (Nok Air) (Bangkok) and Boeing (Chicago and Seattle) have announced from the Singapore Airshow a commitment to order eight Next-Generation 737-800s and seven 737 MAX 8s. The commitment, valued at $1.45 billion at list prices, will establish Nok Air as the first airline in Thailand to operate the 737 MAX.
Boeing will work with the Bangkok-based airline to finalize the details of the agreement, at which time the order will be posted to the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website. While Nok Air currently operates a fleet of 14 Next-Generation 737s, this will mark the airline’s first direct order with Boeing.
Copyright Photo: Keith Burton/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-83N HS-DBH (msn 32614) departs from Bangkok (Don Mueang) base.
Nordwind Airlines (Moscow). The airline has taken delivery of its first Boeing 737-800. It is the first of five aircraft to be added to the growing fleet. The charter airline unveiled the new type to the airline’s customers, employees and partners in the region in celebration of its fifth anniversary of service (the airline was established in December 2008). The pictured former ATA Airlines (N318TZ) and Orenair Boeing 737-83N VP-BPY (msn 28244) landed at the Moscow base from Shannon and will start operations shortly.
By mid 2015 Nordwind expects to have 10 Boeing 737-800s in service. The company is focusing on reducing inefficient flying and implementing strong capacity discipline by matching the right size aircraft with each market, while improving customer satisfaction.
Nordwind currently serves 26 countries and 97 cities through an extensive charter program. It is considering scheduled operations in 2014. The airline expects to carry 3.2 million passengers in 2013 with 24 aircraft. However the entire group will close out this year with 6.2 million passengers.
However by 2014, the Russian carrier expects to be operating almost 50 airplanes and a minimum of 5.5 million passengers.
Nordwind currently operates three Boeing 777-200 ERs, 16 Boeing 767-300 ERs, eight Boeing 757-200 ER, one Airbus A320-200, eight Airbus A321-200s and soon the five mentioned Boeing 737-800s (41 in total as of today).
Nordwind has two subsidiary airlines, Kharkiv Airlines of the Ukraine and IKAR Airlines of Russia, based in Krasnoyarsk.