Low-Cost Russian airline Pobeda has reportedly cancelled an order for 20 Boeing 737 MAX planes, according to multiple sources.
The carrier said a lack of recertification of the plane led to its decision.
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The 20 aircraft were set to be delivered to the state-owned LCC branch of the Aeroflot Group via two different lessors. Fifteen were due to arrive via leasing giant GECAS and another five courtesy of SMBC. Pobeda’s Chief Executive Officer, Andrei Kalmykov, confirmed the decision to Russian news agency TASS on Monday.
“Yes, we have waived solid contracts for Boeing 737 MAX without any penalty,” the CEO said in a brief statement, referring to the order for 20 MAX 8s.
Pobeda is a wholly owned subsidiary of Aeroflot, which is the largest airline in Russia.
Pobeda started operations in 2014 and is one of the fastest growing airlines in that country.
As of November, 2020 Pobeda had 43 Boeing 737-800 jets in its active fleet.
Also according to reports, Boeing will not levy any kind of penalty (as quoted) for the cancelled order, which could be due to the extraordinary nature of the economic downturn the past 18 months.
Boeing is still recovering from all of the fallout of the 737 MAX.
Head of the Russian Federal Air Transport Agency Alexander Neradko told reporters that the issue of certifying Boeing 737 MAX in Russia will be raised again when 'global epidemiological situation' improves.