MIAMI — Belorussian carrier Belavia has taken delivery of its first Boeing 737-800, which is also the first in the fleet to sport the new livery of the airline.

The aircraft (EW-455PA • MSN 61421 • LN 6016) is also the first of three aircraft purchased directly from Boeing.

According to Boeing, Belavia selected the 737-800 based on business objectives set by the airline – cost efficiency and maximum range for flights to Europe and Central Asia.

To date, Belavia fleet is comprised by a dozen Boeing 737 Classic (six -300 and six -500 series) plus three leased 737-800s, together with a mix of Embraer E-Jets and Bombardier CRJ aircraft.

“We hope to increase our dispatch reliability and punctuality rate even further after bringing 737 airplanes into operation,” said Anatoly Gusarov, general director, Belavia.

The development of the new livery is the result of a collaborative effort between the carrier, Boeing and the design firm Teague, which devised several different concepts narrowed down to the final result, which takes the cornflower, national symbol of Belarus, as the core subject. According to the airline, the flower is considered a symbol of purity and friendliness.