MINSK, 29 October (BelTA) – A new second-generation aircraft Embraer 195 will arrive in Minsk in December 2020, BelTA learned from Belavia First Deputy Director General for Production Organization Gleb Parkhamovich during a press conference held on 29 October to discuss Belarusian aviation, ways of development, technical state, and the renewal of the aircraft fleet.
The executive said that any air carrier cannot operate successfully if it does not renew its aircraft fleet. Aircraft fleet renewal is a priority for Belavia. In particular, in early 2020 Belavia acquired three new-generation Embraer E195-E2 aircraft. The first one of them is expected to arrive in Minsk in December. The other two will arrive in March and April 2021. It is the 42nd aircraft of the series. Only a handful of air carriers (only two in Europe) have received such aircraft.
The new aircraft will have 125 seats, which is more than the first-generation Embraer 195 aircraft has. There will be 116 seats in the economy class and nine seats in the business class.
“We have 29 aircraft at present. The company's fleet will number 30 aircraft by the end of the year,” Gleb Parkhamovich added. He also remarked that Belavia had prematurely terminated the operating lease of four aircraft.
In his words, the average age of Belavia's passenger aircraft will be less than 12 years in 2020 and less than 10 years in 2021.