The Belarusian air carrier Belavia is set to dramatically upgrade its fleet by the end of 2021.
A completely different fleet is coming!
The plans were announced by Belavia Director General Anatoly Gusarov ahead of the bottom-line session of the Belarusian Transport and Communications Ministry on 9 February.
The air carrier will decommission the leased Boeing 737-300 and Boeing 737-500 aircraft and will purchase new Boeing and Embraer jets instead.
“We were working hard throughout 2017 to draft a fleet update program for 2018-2021 based on the airline business model for the same period.
In line with the program, the air carrier will dramatically upgrade its fleet in 2018-2021, ” Anatoly Gusarov stated.
Renewal of the fleet
Belavia plans to start operating next-generation aircraft Embraer E2 and Boeing 737 in the near future.
The air carrier will start accepting the first Embraer jet at a Brazilian plant on 12 April.
A total of three new Embraer aircraft are to be purchased in first half 2018. The jets will be delivered in April, May, and June.
“Moreover, in late 2017 we signed an operating lease agreement with Nordic Aviation to get five Embraer aircraft.
Three jets are to be delivered in 2019, the other two in 2020,” Anatoly Gusarov specified.
“Belavia’s specialists will soon finish selecting the most acceptable offer of a leasing company to supply four or five Boeing 737 Max jets in 2019-2020.
Belavia will also continue the negotiations with Boeing to buy two jets in 2021. Therefore, the company will form a completely different fleet,” the director general added.
Today Belavia’s fleet includes 26 aircraft: ive Boeing 737-800 jets, six Boeing 737-500, seven Boeing 737-300, two Embraer-175, two Embraer-195, four jets CRJ-100/-200.
In 2014, the company launched a large-scale investment fleet update project estimated at more than $200 million.
At the momemnt, Belavia has purchased two Embraer-195 and three Boeing jets.
Belavia is Belarus’ largest air carrier performing regular flights to 49 airports in 28 European and Asian countries.