Belarussian national carrier Belavia intends to increase its western-built narrowbody fleet to support its business development.
Referring to recent talks with Embraer in Minsk, Belavia's deputy director for marketing and foreign ecomonic activity, Igor Chegrinets, says the airline is focussed on acquiring aircraft from the Brazilian airframer.
"We'll disclose their details, such as the aircraft type and quantity requirement, ahead of concluding a binding agreement shortly," he adds.
After receiving two Embraer 175 jets last year, Belavia is now considering placing an order for E-190s or E-195s.
It is also considering taking Boeing 737-800s, says Chegrinets, noting that its 10-strong 737 fleet only comprises -300 and -500 variants, and so needs modernisation.
In 2012, Belavia saw 24% growth in passenger numbers to 1.3 million on the back of expanding its scheduled route network to 42 cities in 24 countries.
An ad hoc presidential decree envisages providing further government backing for the state-owned airline through 2015. The decree says Belavia will be exempt from value added tax on imported western aircraft and aviation equipment.
The tax-free regime also applies to foreign-built aircraft brought from abroad once they have undergone checks and refurbishment procedures.