Belarus-based Belavia has taken delivery the first of two Embraer 175 jets in a ceremony held at Embraer’s headquarters in São José dos Campos in Brazil.
Belavia’s first Embraer 175, which the carrier is leasing from Air Lease Corporation of Los Angeles, will operate on European routes from Minsk National Airport (MSQ). The second Embraer 175 is scheduled for delivery later this year.
The Belarus carrier’s Embraer 175 is configured with 12 business class and 64 economy class seats, enabling the airline to offer a consistent, dual-class product standard across all aircraft types in its fleet.
Belavia plans to deploy its new E-Jets on routes between Minsk and Moscow Domodedovo, Saint Petersburg, Baku, Paris, Yerevan and Milan.
Embraer says its presence in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia is steadily increasing. Belavia is the ninth Embraer E-Jets customer in the region, along with Montenegro Airlines, Air Moldova, Bulgaria Air, Aerosvit, Wind Rose Aviation, Air Astana, LOT Polish Airlines and Estonian Air.
Belavia is the third operator of the Embraer 175 in Central Europe: LOT was the first and Estonian Air the second. There are more than 340 Embraer 170s and Embraer 175s flying with airlines around the world.
“We welcome this first E175 as a key aircraft in supporting our company’s strategic development plan which will allow us to better match capacity to demand on our main European routes,” says Anatoly Gusarov, director general of Belavia. “The aircraft’s seating capacity complements our narrow-body fleet, flying where it would be uneconomical to deploy larger aircraft and offering equivalent passenger comfort.”
Embraer has received orders for more than 1,050 E-Jets. Nearly 900 E-Jets have been delivered to some 60 airlines in 40 countries. E-Jets are operating with mainline carriers and low cost airlines and are also deployed on regional routes.
Created in 1996, Belavia is the wholly state-owned flag carrier of Belarus. The airline serves more than 30 destinations, primarily in Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States.
Belavia codeshares with AZAL, Aerosvit, airBaltic, Austrian, CSA, Finnair, KLM, LOT, Rossiya, Transaero, S7, Air France and Ural Airlines. Its passenger traffic grew 30 per cent from 2009 to 2010. Further information on the airline is available at www.belavia.by.