MINSK, 5 December (BelTA) – Nine Boeing aircraft may be added to the fleet of the Belarusian air carrier Belavia in 2020. The possibility was discussed as Belarusian Transport and Communications Minister Aleksei Avramenko met with Vice President for Commercial Aircraft Sales and Marketing in Russia and Central Asia at Boeing Company Gregory Laxton, the ministry's press service told BelTA.
The sides discussed resuming the operation of Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft. In particular, the conversation touched upon the timeframe for resuming deliveries and the ratification of this type of aircraft by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration. In 2020 Belavia is expected to acquire two Boeing 737-800 on leasing terms and seven new-generation Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft. “This is why we are interested in finding out in detail how the manufacturer works to improve the safety of the aircraft,” Aleksei Avramenko stressed.
Gregory Laxton stressed that safety is of utmost priority for Boeing. The company is now working with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and regulatory bodies of other countries (Canada, the European Union, China, and other ones) in order to resume safe flights of Boeing aircraft.
It has been reported earlier that after two crashes of this model of the aircraft over the course of five months many countries and air carriers suspended flights of Boeing 737 MAX series. Boeing Company suspended deliveries later on as well.More about Economy