Belavia to add three more 737s this year

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Belarussian state-owned carrier Belavia plans to add three more Boeing 737s to its foreign models while proceeding with phasing out Soviet-built passenger aircraft.

A senior official at the aviation department of the country’s transport ministry, Vladimir Nagulevich, says Belavia will in April and May receive a pair of leased 737-500s for scheduled services plus a 737-300 for charter flights.

These aircraft will complement two –500 models and two Bombardier CRJ-100 jets that the carrier already operates mainly on routes to cities in the Euroepan Union.

At the same time, Belavia will this year dispose of the last of its Tupolev Tu-134 twinjets and phase out the rest of the Soviet-built fleet, which also includes four Tu-154Ms and one Antonov An-24 turboprop.