SCAT Airlines takes on the 737 MAX ordered for the first time by Belarus

On August 4, a Boeing 737 MAX took off from Boeing’s Everett facility bound for SCAT Airlines. The “new” aircraft, which recently turned three years old, was first ordered by Belarusian carrier Belavia. However, due to more recent sanctions imposed on the Belarusian carrier, the airframe was redirected to fly with Kazakhstan’s SCAT.

Delivery flight details

The Boeing 737 MAX 8 registration UP-B3737 took off from Paine Field in Washington at 07:29 local time on August 4. With its final destination halfway around the world in Central Asia, the plane had to make a refueling stop, in this case at Keflavik International Airport in Iceland. With this first leg lasting six hours and 43 minutes, the 737 lands at KEF at 9:12 p.m. local time.

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Without wasting time in Iceland, the plane took off at 11:32 p.m. for its second leg. This overnight flight would land about eight and a half hours later in Tashkent, Uzbekistan at 1:05 p.m. on August 5. This second stopover is interesting, considering that SCAT is a Kazakh carrier based in Shymkent. Indeed, the airports of Chimkent (Kazakhstan) and Tashkent (Uzbekistan), although separated by an international border, are located only 77 miles (123 km) from each other.

Aircraft details

Originally intended to be registered with Belavia as EW-529PA, the aircraft carries the Boeing MSN 43332 and airline number 7675. Data from ch-aviation.com indicates that the jet was in fact ordered by Air Lease Corporation and made its first flight on August 7, 2019.

Data from AIB Family Flights indicates that this airframe had a total of seven flights before delivery, which totaled seven and a half hours. The first three test flights and a ferry flight to storage took place in August 2019 while a fifth flight out of storage took place in August 2021. The jet’s 6th and 7th flights then took place in July 2022 before the August delivery flight.

The plane made a single stopover in Iceland. Photo: GCMap.com

More new jets to Belavia

Russian and Iranian carriers are not the only ones unable to take Boeing planes. Belarusian airline Belavia was added to the list in June. As we reported at the time, the United States accused Belavia of providing flight services for passengers and cargo on US-origin aircraft in violation of US export controls. As a result, the US Bureau of Industry and Security issued an order temporarily denying all export privileges to the airline.


Before the sanctions, Belavia had accepted a single Boeing 737 MAX 8, which will be delivered in April 2021.

The SCAT Airlines fleet

If this is your first time hearing about SCAT, you’ll be forgiven (although the name is quite memorable). The Kazakh carrier has a small fleet of just 27 aircraft. These are Boeing 737, 757 and 767, as well as the Bombardier CRJ-200.

While the airline’s fleet now has an average age of 21 years, its handful of relatively new 737 MAX planes are primarily responsible for the skew in the average. SCAT now has two MAX 8s and a single MAX 9 in its fleet.

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