BUCHAREST – This morning, the first Blue Air (0B) Boeing 737 MAX landed in Bucharest Otopeni Airport (OTP). Airways was present at the landing and will be on-board the special, inaugural flight around Romania.
YR-MXA landed at 12:30 local time after a flight from Boeing Field (BFI) and a layover in Reykjavik (KEF). The airline will receive another aircraft, YR-MXB in April.
Boeing assembled the plane 1.5 years ago and it completed its first flight on October 12, 2019. It wears two CFM LEAP engines and has 189 seats in Economy class. The configuration is the same as on the Boeing 737-800, so 0B has better flexibility in using the aircraft.
The plane departed BFI at 3:30 PM on March 30 and landed at KEF 7 hours later. After a rest day, it continued its journey early morning. On the first flight, 0B crew had the opportunity to see the Northern lights.
What Comes Next?
The airline will hold an inaugural flight for media officials and aviation enthusiasts. The flight will leave OTP at 16:00 local time and arrive an hour later. Airways will be on board the flight.
UPDATE: The aircraft completed its first scheduled flight to Lisbon, Portugal on April 3rd. The airline expects to fly the plane to Dublin, Amsterdam among other places in the next few days. Aircraft changes can happen.
Featured image: Blue Air’s first Boeing 737 MAX-8, YR-MXA arriving into Bucharest Airport on April 1st 2021. Picture: Miklós Budai/Airways