First Boeing 737 MAX 8 for Travel Service

2 February 2018

Travel Service includes first Boeing 737 MAX 8 in its fleet and becoming one of the first airlines in the world to operate this aircraft. A delivery flight of a new SmartWings-branded Boeing 737 MAX 8 with the OK-SWA registration mark landed at Václav Havel Airport Prague on Wednesday afternoon, arriving from Seattle, the USA. Travel Service, the owner of the SmartWings trademark, will acquire a total of 39 Boeing 737 MAX 8 in the course of the next six years.

The MAX 8 crew performed a low pass over the 04 runway before landing at Václav Havel Airport Prague where it was welcomed by the airport firefighting unit and its water salute.

The inaugural ceremony of the SmartWingsfirst B737 MAX 8 was attended by VIP's such as Barbora Strýcová, Radek Štěpánek and Michal David.

The first unscheduled flight serviced by the aircraft took place on the Malaga, Spain, route on 1 February 2018 in the evening. The official launch of the aircraft regular operations took place during a cake cutting ceremony prior to its departure to Dubai on Friday, 2 February 2018.

“Every time a carrier upgrades its fleet, the airport benefits. Naturally, we appreciate the increased comfort and safety of our passengers as well as the new air connections offered, but it also helps us achieve our objective of decreased noise burden on our surrounding municipalities. We motivate air carriers to use more modern and thus quieter aircraft to achieve this goal. I am pleased that Travel Service, one of the most important carriers operating its flights from Prague based on the share of transported passengers, has decided to use its Boeing 737 MAX at Václav Havel Airport Prague,” Václav Řehoř, Chairman of the Prague Airport Board of Directors, said on the occasion.