Belavia, the national carrier of Belarus, has recorded a 20% year-over-year increase in passengers and has ordered another E195 to keep up with demand.
The new airplane brings the total number of E-Jets in the fleet to seven – four E195s and three E175s. The latest E195 will be delivered in 2018. Belavia also announced orders for one E195 and one E175 at the Paris Air Show earlier this year.
The airline is updating its fleet and using its E-Jets to add frequencies on existing routes and to open new markets.
According to Anatoly Gusarov, Belavia’s Director General, passengers are seeking greater flexibility in their travel plans that means more frequencies.
The new E195 will replace the airline’s current B737-500.
The Government of Belarus recently relaxed visa restrictions for foreign tourists entering the country by air. Consequently, passenger volume has grown steadily as has the demand for seats.