Belavia – Belarusian Airlines has signed a lease agreement with AerCap for the lease of three new Embraer E195-E2 aircraft.

The first aircraft is expected to be delivered in December 2020, with the remaining two aircraft delivering in March and April 2021.

The E195-E2 will seat 125 passengers in a two-class configuration, with nine seats in business class and 116 in economy.

“Belavia has successfully updated the air fleet over several years. We got three Embraer-195 and one Embraer-175 in 2019, in spring 2020 we are expecting to get one more Embraer-175, and on December of the current year our fleet will be replenished with absolutely new Embraer E195-E2,” said Anatoly Gusarov, CEO of JSC Belavia. “Belavia passengers first of all admire Embraer-175 for their comfort. For the airline such fleet replenishment gives the possibility to improve the level of service and contribute to further reduction of airfare via efficiency of airliners of this type.”

The airline planes to use the aircraft on routes to London, Barcelona, Astana, Munich, Paris, Sochi and Amsterdam.

Belavia added that the additions to its fleet would allow the airline to increase the frequency of scheduled flights to existing destinations, as well as open new routes, positioning Minsk as a hub for transit.

The aircraft are from AerCap’s order book with Embraer, with President and Chief Commercial Officer of the leasing company, Philip Scruggs, commenting, “With the introduction of Embraer’s most advanced aircraft, Belavia will enjoy improved operating costs and versatility.”