Air Lease Corporation (ALC) announced today long-term lease agreements with Belavia-Belarusian Airlines for four new CFM LEAP-1B25-powered Boeing 737-8 MAX aircraft scheduled for delivery in 2019 and 2020. The first aircraft will deliver from ALC’s order book with Boeing in May 2019.
The new MAX 8s will join the other Boeing 737s including the growing fleet of Boeing 737-800s (top).
“Belavia-Belarusian Airlines is systematically continuing to implement the strategy of the fleet renewal, thanks to cooperation with such reliable partners as ALC. The acquisition of four next-generation aircraft on a lease will contribute to the further development of the airline and, consequently, to the improvement of the quality of passenger service,” said Anatoly Gusarov, Director General of Belavia-Belarusian Airlines. “We hope that the delivery of the Boeing 737 MAX will allow our passengers to start travelling only with positive impressions and will make flights as comfortable as possible,” continued Anatoly Gusarov.
The new aircraft will help the carrier to retire its older Boeing 737-300s and 737-500s.
Top Copyright Photo (all others by Belavia): Belavia Belarusian Airlines Boeing 737-8ZM WL EW-456PA (msn 61422) AMS (Karl Cornil). Image: 938677.
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On April 26, 2018, Belavia will start operating flights on the Minsk-Kazan route.
The flights will be flown four times a week with a departure from Minsk at 11.50 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays and arrival at the Kazan International Airport the next day at 2.10 a.m. Return flight from the capital of Tatarstan is planned with departure at 4.30 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays with arrival at the Minsk National Airport at 6.50 a.m. The time for all airports is local.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup is coming, that is why the opening of the Minsk-Kazan-Minsk flight will let fans from European countries get an additional opportunity to arrive in Kazan with the greatest comfort and the least time costs,” – said Director General of Kazan International Airport JSC Alexei Starostin.
The flights are planned to be carried out on board of a comfortable Embraer 175 airliner with passenger capacity of 76 seats. Travel time takes about 2 hours and 20 minutes.
The carrier is also starting the Minsk – Rostov-on-Don route on April 27.
Top Copyright Photo (all others by Belavia): Belavia Belarusian Airlines Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) EW-340PO (msn 17000350) LGW (SPA). Image: 938679.
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Belavia’s flight B2 8243 operating from Minsk to Kiev on December 22, 2017 reportedly with the pictured Boeing 737-3Q8 EW-336PA (msn 26312) reportedly left the payment after landing on runway 18L at Kiev. The passengers and crew members safely evacuated the aircraft. It is unclear at this time if the surface was the runway or the taxiway.
More information to follow. The airline has not put out a statement.
Top Copyright Photo: Belavia Belarusian Airlines Boeing 737-3Q8 EW-336PA (msn 26312) AYT (Paul Denton). Image: 909060.
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Belavia, the national carrier of Belarus, has recorded a 20% year-over-year increase in passengers and has ordered another Embraer 195 to keep up with demand.
The new airplane brings the total number of E-Jets in the fleet to seven – four E195s and three E175s. The latest E195 will be delivered in 2018. Belavia also announced orders for one E195 and one E175 at the Paris Air Show earlier this year.
The airline is updating its fleet and using its E-Jets to add frequencies on existing routes and to open new markets.
The new E195 will replace the airline’s current Boeing 737-500s (below).
Top Copyright Photo: Belavia Belarusian Airlines Embraer ERJ 190-200LR (ERJ 195) EW-399PO (msn 190000667) ARN (Stefan Sjogren). Image: 925546.
Bottom Copyright Photo: Belavia Belarusian Airlines Boeing 737-524 EW-253PA (msn 26339) BCN (Karl Cornil). Image: 938676.
The pictured EW-455PA was delivered on August 13, 2016.
According to Boeing:
“The new livery is the result of a collaborative effort between Belavia, Boeing and the design firm Teague. Before creative concepts were drawn, Boeing’s Airline Partnership Marketing team and Teague provided guidance and training through a series of brand workshops.
The logo was inspired by the cornflower (“Valoshka” in Belarussian), which is a national symbol of Belarus– representing beauty, friendship and prosperity.
The airplane’s interior combines a blend of cornflower blue, light grey and white with the Boeing Sky Interior lighting.”
Copyright Photo: Belavia Belarusian Airlines Boeing 737-8ZM WL EW-455PA (msn 61421) BFI (James Helbock). Image: 934262.