Belavia Belarusian Airlines is the national airline company of the Republic of Belarus. It is the flag carrier and state owned. The airline has been in operation since 1933 but was not "officially" founded until March of 1996, in accordance with a resolution of the Belarusian Government. Belavia currently has 28 airplanes and 1,017 employees.
Although sometimes referred to as a low-cost carrier, it marketed itself as an airline which straddles between low-cost and traditional carriers by offering on-board service with meals, but at competitive prices, similar to the model adopted by Singapore-based Valuair. Prior to the crash of flight 574, it was the fastest growing low-cost carrier in Indonesia.