MINSK, 21 September (BelTA) – The new airplane of the national air carrier Belavia, Embraer-175 jet airliner, has begun it maiden flight from Minsk to Amsterdam and back on 21 September, BelTA has learnt from the press service of Belavia.
“This is a landmark event, because it is the first commercial flight of Belavia’s Embraer-175 jet, the first plane custom-made and directly supplied for the Belarusian air carrier,” the press service informed
The company explained that the choice of the flight destination depended not only on the popularity of a particular destination. Holland was the first country to allow Belarus to operate this flight. Next week the new jet will be used for several other destinations.
The presentation of Belavia’s first Embraer-175 jet airliner was held on 17 September. Embraer-175 was the 19th airplane bought by the Belarusian air carrier. Another Embraer-175 will be delivered in early October 2012. The company plans the further expansion and upgrade of the fleet throughout 2013. At present Belavia has six Boeing 737-500 planes, five Boeing 737-300 planes, four CRJ-100/200 planes, one Embraer-175 plane and three Тu-154М planes.
The press service informed that on 28 October Belavia will switch to the winter schedule that envisages fewer flights, which is necessitated by a lower passenger flow. On 26 December Belavia will start operating flights to Barcelona, Spain.
Belavia, Belarus’s largest air carrier, was established in 1996. The company is based in the National Airport Minsk. It operates regular flights from Minsk, Gomel and Grodno to 42 destinations in 24 countries of Europe and Asia. In 1997 Belavia joined the IATA, in 2010 the European Regions Airline Association (ERAA). In 2008 Belavia joined the list of IOSA (IATA Operational Safety Audit) operators. Belavia meets the highest international safety standards.