MINSK, 16 April (BelTA) – Belavia Director General Igor Cherginets told the ONT TV channel about the cost of the latest aircraft it bought, BelTA informs.
“There is such a notion as ‘a reference value', that is, the value declared by the manufacturer. The actual price depends on what configuration you want. The reference value of Boeing aircraft that are on sale now is about $70-80 million each on average. However, we lease them,” Igor Cherginets said.
He noted that the average age of aircraft operated by the Belavia national air carrier is 9.5 years. “This is an excellent figure,” the director said.
Igor Cherginets added that at the end of April Belavia's fleet will welcome a new Embraer, and in May a new Boeing. “We are to receive another three Boeing 737-8 aircraft under this contract. Now we are watching how the situation in the industry is evolving. We are negotiating deliveries with the lessor and Boeing. There is a possibility to change the deadlines, but so far two aircraft are slated for December and one for January,” the director said.
As reported, in April the Belarusian air carrier Belavia added a Boeing 737-8 to its fleet. The aircraft was the first out of five jets that are to be delivered to Belavia in line with its agreement with the leasing company Air Lease Corporation (ALC) signed in July 2018.
At present, Boeing 737-8 jets are successfully operated by such air carriers as United Airlines, American Airlines, Southwest, Alaska Airlines, GOL, Aeromexico, Air Canada, WestJet, Smartwings, TUI fly, and others.
Belavia is the largest air carrier in Belarus. It was established on 5 March 1996. Belavia joined the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in 1997 and the European Regions Airline Association (ERAA) in 2010. At present, its fleet includes 29 aircraft (one Boeing 737-8, nine Boeing 737-800, two Boeing 737-500, three Boeing 737-300, five Embraer-175, seven Embraer-195, and two Embraer 195-E2).
Boeing is one of the biggest global aerospace corporations and the largest manufacturer of civil and military aircraft. The company also develops and produces helicopters, rockets, telecommunications equipment, satellites, defense systems, and advanced information and communications systems. Boeing is the largest exporter in the United States in terms of sales. It has clients in more than 150 countries and effectively operates its international supply chain.