Belarusian flag carrier Belavia has taken delivery of another Embraer E195, sporting registration EW-545PO (MSN 19000772), which is the seventh of the type in the airline’s fleet, thus completing its fleet renewal plan for this year.
The factory-fresh regional jet is one of a batch of five delivered to Belavia under operational lease contracts from Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC). It arrived at the airline’s Minsk base airport on December 14 and has already commenced commercial flights. As per all other aircraft of the type in its fleet, it features a double-class cabin lay out with 11 seats in business and 96 in economy class, making a total of 107 seats.
One more aircraft, an Embraer 175, is scheduled for April 2020 delivery under the same contract.
Belavia has been a loyal Embraer customer since 2012 and currently operates four E175s and seven E195s. Apart from these types, its current 31-strong fleet also includes seven Boeing 737-800s, six -500s, five -300s and two Bombardier CRJ200s.
Supporting its fast growth trajectory, in 2020 the airline is looking to add up to nine Boeing aircraft to its fleet. The opportunities for this expansion were discussed at a working meeting between the Belarusian transport and communications minister Alexey Avramenko and Gregory Laxton, Boeing’s vice-president for Russia and central Asia. “Next year, two more Boeing 737-800s are scheduled for delivery to Belavia under leasing agreements, as well as a further seven Boeing 737 MAX-8s,” Alexey Avramenko revealed after the meeting. The MAX deliveries are subject to the approved resumption of operations of the currently grounded type.
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