RIGA, LATVIAThe beginning of 2022 marks a significant milestone in Latvian carrier SmartLynx Airlines’ expansion. The Riga-based ACMI and charter operator has signed an agreement with SMBC Aviation Capital to lease two Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft to meet growing demand from European and overseas markets.

The airline says its strategic expansion into the Boeing aircraft family will allow SmartLynx Airlines to build a reliable fleet that will ensure the provision of even greater and more versatile products and services. Additionally, the longer range of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 opens new market opportunities for SmartLynx Airlines and its customers.

The first two 737 MAX 8s will be introduced to the SmartLynx fleet in April, with further type additions planned later in the Summer, of 2022. To ensure successful deliveries, SmartLynx has also entered into a partnership with Boeing, which will support the airline throughout the whole entry into the service process.

The 737 MAX 8 will be the first returning Boeing aircraft to be operated by the all-Airbus airline SmartLynx after a decade-long break.