Belavia has recieved its first direct-delivery 737-800 from Boeing. The aircraft, EW-455PA (c/n 61421), was handed over during a ceremony at the US manufacturer’s Seattle delivery centre on August 13, resplendent in the Belarusian national carrier’s new livery. It is the first of three examples ordered by the airline on June 26, 2014 in a deal valued at $272 million. All three will be configured to carry 189 passengers in an all-Economy Class cabin.
Anatoly Gusarov, General Director of Belavia, said the new type will “increase our dispatch reliability and punctuality rate even further.”
The new 737NG will complement Belavia’s two leased examples and will offer significantly lower operational costs over its existing 737 Classic fleet, which includes eight 737-300s and six -500s. The airline added that the extended range of the -800 will allow for non-stop flights to new destinations including Tenerife and Dubai.