Belavia has taken delivery of its first of five Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft on long-term lease from Air Lease Corporation (ALC).
The national carrier of Belarus signed this leasing agreement at the Farnborough Airshow in 2018. Its current fleet consists of various Boeing 737 variants, including 737-300, 737-500 and 737-800. Furthermore, Belavia took delivery of its first Embraer E2 last year. Both the 737 Max and the Embraer E2 jets will gradually replace older Boeing 737-300 and 737-500 aircraft in the fleet, according to Belavia. Additionally, the Minsk-based airline operates first-generation Embraer E190 and E195 jets.
After two fatal crashes, the Boeing 737 Max aircraft family was grounded around the world in March 2019. Following significant safety improvements from its manufacturer Boeing, the aircraft type was re-certified to fly in the United States by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in November 2020. The necessary approvals from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) followed in January 2021. TUI fly Belgium became the first Boeing 737 Max operator to resume passenger flights with the type in Europe on February 17.
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