Latvia-based SmartLynx Airlines has become the first airline in the Baltic countries to fly the latest-generation Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft.
The airline has started flying two new Boeing 737 MAX 8 – one performs flights from Germany, the other from Latvia. Both aircraft are leased from SMBC Aviation Capital.
The Boeing 737 MAX 8 offers lower carbon emissions, less noise land uses less fuel than previous aircraft.
Passengers can enjoy more comfortable seats, bigger hand baggage compartments, and larger windows.
SmartLynx expects two more 737 MAX 8 by the end of 2022.
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Until now SmartLynx has always flown Airbus aircraft.
Founded over three decades ago (1992), SmartLynx Airlines currently operates a fleet of 39 aircraft and holds Latvian, Estonian, and Maltese Air Operator Certificates (AOCs).
The airline leases its aircraft to other airlines, either aircraft alone or with complete crews, including pilots and cabin crew members, also performing technical maintenance of the aircraft to ensure that all flights go as planned.
SmartLynx Airlines currently provides its services to easyJet, TUI Group, Air Malta and others.
Zygimantas Surintas, the CEO of Smartlynx Airlines:
“As SmartLynx Airlines continues to modernize its fleet, there’s no doubt that the Boeing 737 MAX 8 is the right aircraft for us, and we were pleased to work with SMBC to make it happen.
“Not only will these aircraft allow us to expand our services and the markets we can cover, it will also allow us to ensure even better quality service and unmatched technical reliability.”
Ricardo Cavero, Vice President Commercial Sales & Marketing Europe, Israel & Turkey, The Boeing Company:
“We are delighted that SmartLynx Airlines has selected the 737 MAX to diversify and grow its charter fleet. The 737 MAX will help SmartLynx’s customers reduce their operating costs by cutting fuel consumption and lowering noise and CO2 emissions”
N.B. Image credit: SmartLynx Airlines