By Olga Belovets
Belavia already operates six Boeing 737-500s, three Boeing 737-300s, four CRJ-100/200 LRs and four Tu-154Ms, all meeting international safety and noise standards; they can fly to any CIS or non-CIS destination without restriction. “There are plans to purchase another Boeing 737-300 jet and we are considering purchasing jets to seat 70-80 passengers in the future,” Belavia has announced.
Alongside the modernisation of its fleet, Belavia is to extend the geography of its flights. It already offers regular routes to 37 destinations in 20 countries — within Europe, the Middle East and the CIS. Charter flights are organised to 91 airports across 36 countries, with the company enjoying interline and code-share agreements with renowned carriers such as Aeroflot, Air France-KLM, Delta, Finnair and British Airways.
In 2010, Belavia’s transit passenger flow almost doubled, with new routes launched to Riga, Tehran, Stockholm, Batumi and Ashgabat. The airline now plans to streamline its passenger check in, offering online check in, using the most advanced IT technologies. At present, Belavia controls about 65 percent of the market for Belarusian passenger air travel.