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SCAT Airlines received the first 737 MAX aircraft ordered by Belarus

On August 4, a Boeing 737 MAX departed Boeing’s facilities in Everett, destined for SCAT Airlines. The “new” aircraft, which recently turned three years old, was the first to be ordered by the Belarusian air carrier “Belavia”. However, due to the latest sanctions imposed on the Belarusian carrier, the glider was redirected to the Kazakhstan SCAT flight.

Delivery flight details

Boeing 737 MAX 8 registered UP-B3737 took off from Payne Field in Washington at 07:29 local time on August 4. The final destination was on the other side of the world in Central Asia, so the plane had to make a refueling stop, which in this case was at Keflavik International Airport in Iceland. With that first leg lasting six hours and 43 minutes, the 737 touched down at KEF at 9:12 p.m. local time.

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Wasting no time in Iceland, the plane left at 23:32 for the second leg. This overnight flight landed approximately eight and a half hours later in Tashkent, Uzbekistan at 1:05 PM on August 5. This second stop is interesting considering the fact that SCAT is a Kazakh carrier based in Shymkent. Indeed, the airports of Shymkent (Kazakhstan) and Tashkent (Uzbekistan), separated by an international border, are only 77 miles (123 km) apart.

Details of the plane

Originally intended to be registered to Belavia as EW-529PA, the aircraft has Boeing MSN 43332 and number 7675. According to ch-aviation.com, the aircraft was actually ordered by Air Lease Corporation and made its first flight on August 7, 2019.

AIB Family Flights data shows that this glider completed a total of seven flights of seven and a half hours before delivery. The first three test flights and a storage ferry flight took place in August 2019, and the fifth flight from storage took place in August 2021. Then the 6th and 7th flights of the aircraft took place in July 2022, in advance of the delivery flight in August.

The plane made the only stop in Iceland. Photo: GCMap.com

“Belavia” has no more new planes

Russian and Iranian carriers are not the only ones unable to accept Boeing aircraft. In June, the Belarusian airline “Belavia” entered this list. As it was reported then, the USA blamed “Belavia”. air passenger service and cargo on aircraft of American origin in violation of US export controls. As a result, the US Bureau of Industry and Security issued an order to temporarily withdraw all export privileges for the airline.


Belavia received one Boeing 737 MAX 8, which was delivered in April 2021, before the sanctions.

SCAT airline fleet

If you’re hearing about SCAT for the first time, you’d be forgiven (even if its name is pretty catchy). The fleet of the Kazakh air carrier has only 27 aircraft. This consists of the Boeing 737, 757 and 767, as well as the Bombardier CRJ-200.

While the average age of the airline’s fleet is now 21 years, its handful of relatively new 737 MAX aircraft are largely responsible for skewing the average. SCAT now has two MAX 8s and the only MAX 9 in its fleet.

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