Belavia of Belarus received the first of two E175s at a ceremony at Embraer’s factory in São José dos Campos on September 14. The second aircraft will be delivered at the end of this year. Both E-Jets were acquired from Air Lease Corporation of the USA.
This is a new customer for Embraer as the company continues to build its presence in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. There are six other carriers - Montenegro Airlines, Air Moldova, Bulgaria Air, AeroSvit, Windrose Aviation and Air Astana - flying E-Jets in the region.
The airline chose the E175 as part of its fleet modernization plan that will see older aircraft phased out and replaced by smaller equipment that will complement its larger narrow body jets. The E175s are configured with 12 Business Class and 64 Economy Class seats. The dual cabin arrangement gives Belavia a consistent jet product standard across its network.
Planned routes for the E175s are between the carrier’s Minsk hub and Moscow, St. Petersburg, Baku, Paris, Yerevan and Milan.
1. L-R: Mr.Parkhmovich; Mr.Affonso; Mr.Alex Khatabi, EVP, Air Lease Corporation; and Mr. Sergei Svetlichniy, Belavia
2. Mr. Affonso, Mr. Parkhamovich, Mr. Khatabi
3. Mr. Parkhamovich introduced the Belavia E175 to representatives from the Belarussian media