Belarus’s national carrier Belavia has added another airframe to its firm Embraer E-Jet orrder. The initial contract for two examples of the Brazilian family of regional jetliners was signed in June this year.
The newly ordered aircraft represents the largest member of the E-Jet family, the E195. It is scheduled for delivery in June 2018. The previous two airliners, also an E195 and a smaller E175, are expected to enter service with the operator in April and May next year respectively.
Belavia expects to start operations with the three aircraft before the next summer season, so it can to launch new routes and generate additional traffic. For example, the airline has announced a service from Minsk to Rostov-on-Don, to launch on April 27 next year.
According to RBC newswire, this year Belavia saw the number of passengers carried into Russia grow by 25% year-on-year.
Belavia currently has four Embraers in its fleet: two E175s and two E195s. Its crew, therefore, will require no additional training on the airliners to be delivered.
Ther carrierr is one of Europe’s leading E-Jet operators in terms of utilization. Last year, each of its E195s spent 11.02 hours per day flying on average in the air. The figure was rated the highest by the manufacturer.
Belavia also operates five Boeing 737-800s, six 737-500s, seven 737-300s, and four Bombardier CRJ100/200LRs. Its total fleet lists 26 aircraft. In 2016 the airline exceeded its traffic forecast, carrying 2.5 million passengers, or up 19.1% on the year before.
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