Belarus flag carrier Belavia Belarusian Airlines has agreed to order three Boeing 737-800s.
Boeing values Belavia’s Boeing 737-800 order at $272 million at current list prices. It is Belavia’s first direct purchase of Boeing jets from the manufacturer.
“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,” said Anatoly Gusarov, director general of Belavia Belarusian Airlines.
Belavia’s new 737-800s will be capable of carrying up to 189 passengers in an all-economy-class cabin configuration.
According to Boeing, Belavia said it would use the aircraft on existing charter routes because the economic efficiency of the 737-800s will reduce its operational costs and their range will allow for non-stop flights to destinations beyond Belavia’s current route network, including Tenerife in the Canary Islands and Dubai.
Belavia Belarusian Airlines is based at Minsk National Airport. The carrier serves a network of routes between European cities and the Commonwealth of Independent States, as well as several Middle East destinations.
The airline currently operates six Boeing 737-500 jets and seven 737-300s, as well as three Tupolev Tu-154Ms, two Embraer 175s and four Bombardier CRJ200 regional jets.
Belavia also has two new Embraer 195 jets on order, as well as another Embraer 175.