Belavia Belarusian Airlines has ordered three Boeing 737-800s, in a deal valued $272 million at current list prices.
This is the first direct purchase of Boeing aircraft for the Belarus flag carrier.

According to Belavia deputy DG Igor Tcherginets, delivery is scheduled for 2017 but the carrier hopes to receive it in 2016.

The new 189-seat aircraft are configured in a one-class, economy layout. The Minsk-based carrier will use the 737-800s on existing charter routes. It expects the new aircraft to reduce operational costs and to extend the range.

The new 737-800s will allow nonstop flights to farther destinations from Minsk, including Tenerife and Dubai.

According to Belavia DG Anatoly Gusarov, the carrier is also planning to expand the number of scheduled routes. “The purchase of three 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,” Gusarov said.

Belavia’s fleet currently comprises 26 aircraft, including Tupolev Tu-154s, 737-500s, 737-300s and Embraer E-195s. Tcherginets added the Soviet-built aircraft and 737 Classic versions will be gradually replaced with Embraers and 737-800s.

The carrier serves a network of routes between European cities and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), as well as several Middle East destinations.