The Belarus flag carrier Belavia Airlines has confirmed an order for three Next-Generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft. This order, valued at $272 million at current list prices, is the first direct purchase of Boeing planes for Belavia.
“We are committed to bring the highest levels of comfort and convenience to our customers by continuing to operate the most reliable and fuel-efficient aircraft available today and in the future,” said Anatoly Gusarov, director general, Belavia Belarusian Airlines.
“The purchase of three Next-Generation 737-800s will make it possible to open new scheduled flights to destinations which currently are unavailable due to the remoteness of the base airport.”
The new airliners will be able to carry up to 189 passengers in an economy class cabin.
“We are delighted Belavia has chosen the Next-Generation 737 which will provide the airline with market-leading efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort, allowing Belavia to grow,” said Marty Bentrott, vice president, Middle East, Russia and Central Asia Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
“This is an important step in our cooperation with Belavia and it will allow Belavia and Boeing to build on a successful business partnership for many years to come.”
Belavia will use these new 737 jets on existing charter routes, mainly because the economic efficiency of the aircraft will reduce operational costs. With its extended range, these new editions to the fleet will allow for non-stop flights to farther destinations, including Tenerife, Canary Islands and Dubai.
Belavia Belarusian Airlines is based in the Minsk International Airport. Belavia serves a network of routes between European cities and the Commonwealth of Independent States, as well as several Middle East destinations. The airline’s Boeing fleet currently consists of six 737-500 and seven 737-300 aircraft.