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Romanian carrier Blue Air has already received its first Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft and operated its first commercial flight from Bucharest to Lisbon on April 2nd, the day after its inaugural flight.
The new aircraft, delivered to the airline on April 1st and put into service on April 2nd, will be deployed on the European flight network. Since its first commercial flight on April 2nd, the jet has flown every day to Valencia, Malaga, Dublin, Amsterdam, and Frankfurt. The airline says the new Boeing 737 MAX will also head to London Heathrow and Paris Charles de Gaulle shortly.
The aircraft in question is not the airline’s property but a long-term lease from Air Lease Corporation (ALC). The remaining nine aircraft, which are due to be delivered by 2022, are also on long-term leases.
Initially, Blue Air intended to purchase six Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft in 2017, but following the type’s grounding, canceled its order.