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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Atlant-Soyuz Purchases 4 Boeing 737s

ReutersA visitor trying out an Su-35 simulator during the MAKS 2007 international air show in Zhukovsky on Thursday.
Domestic airline Atlant-Soyuz is buying four Boeing 737-700 passenger jets, the companies said Thursday at the MAKS 2007 air show.

The catalog price of the order is $249 million. It was listed as unidentified by Boeing last year and is accounted for in the U.S. giant's 2006 order totals, but the deal was announced at the air show.

Atlant-Soyuz is the flag carrier of the Moscow city government, which owns a controlling stake in the airline. It flies scheduled flights within Russia and charter flights to destinations in Europe and North Africa.

"The key factors in our purchase decision were the 737-700s superior range -- enhanced further for Atlant-Soyuz with efficiency enhancing blended winglets -- and its industry-leading dispatch reliability," Valery Menitsky, chairman of the board of directors of Atlant-Soyuz, said in a news release.

The airline already flies two Boeing 737s, which it leases, and the rest of its fleet consists of Russian aircraft.

Also Thursday, UTair said it planned to ask companies including Sukhoi Civil Aircraft and Bombardier to submit bids for a contract to manufacture regional airplanes as it seeks to upgrade its fleet.

The airliner intends to acquire 20 new planes to replace its Tu-34s, CEO Andrei Martirosov said. UTair will have an option to buy 10 more aircraft, while the original 20 planes will be delivered from 2010 to 2015, Martirosov said.

The MAKS air show is open to the public over the weekend. To get to MAKS, take the local train or hourly MAKS express from Kazansky Station to the Otdykh station or Kilometer 42 station and then a free shuttle bus to the event. You can also get there by local bus No. 525 or No. 478 from the Kuzminki metro station, or bus No. 424 from the Vykhino metro station, to Ploshchad Gromova, in Zhukovsky.

Tickets cost 300 rubles ($11.50) for adults and 100 rubles for children. The event runs until Sunday, from 10 am to early evening.

AP, Bloomberg, MT