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Pobeda deal for 20 737 Max includes high-density option

October 29, 2018 / DAVID KAMINSKI-MORROW

Russian budget airline Pobeda is committing to acquiring 20 Boeing 737 Max 8s, with an option to convert some to the high-density ‘Max 200’ variant.It is to take 15 of the aircraft from lessor SMBC Aviation Capital and another five from GECAS, it states in a formal procurement notice.Pobeda’s aircraft from SMBC will come with a conversion option to switch seven of them to the ‘Max 200’ configuration.This version has 197 seats, compared with the normal 189, and has already been ordered by budget carriers Ryanair and VietJet.