Belavia takes delivery of first Boeing 737 MAX
Air Lease Corporation (ALC) announced the delivery of one new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft on long-term lease to Belavia-Belarusian Airlines.
Powered CFM LEAP-1B engines, this is the first of five new Boeing 737-8s confirmed to deliver to Belavia from ALC’s order book with Boeing.
“ALC is pleased to confirm this historic and significant transaction with Belavia, delivering the airline’s first 737-8 today,” said Steven F. Udvar-Házy, Executive Chairman of Air Lease Corporation. “Our team introduced the Boeing 737 aircraft family to Belavia 18 years ago and now we are delighted to announce the first of five new 737-8s on long-term lease with the airline.”
"The next-generation Boeing 737-8 aircraft will gradually replace the Boeing 737-300 and Boeing 737-500 operated by our airline, which will significantly renew the aircraft fleet of Belavia-Belarusian Airlines,” said Igor Tcherginets, Director General of Belavia-Belarusian Airlines. “This will allow us to do what is so expected of us: to reduce the cost of air tickets.”
On July 17, 2018, Belavia signed a commitment lease with American leasing company Air Lease Corporation (ALC) for four Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. The first planned delivery would have been in 2020, however, the date was pushed back due to the 737 MAX grounding. The airline plans to retire two Boeing 737-500 and three 737-300 aircraft it operates by the end of 2021.
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