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UKR-VISIT KIEV MIKHAYLO CATHEDRAL
FORMED AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1992. FORMERLY "AIR UKRAINE INTERNATIONAL." A K A "MIZGNARODNI AVIALINII UKRAINY." INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED, PASSENGER, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
201 - 293 KHARKIVSKIE ROAD
02121 KIEV, UKRAINE
Ukraine was established in 1991, it covers an area of 603,700 sq km, its population is 53 million, its capital city is Kiev, and its official language is Ukrainian.
MAY 1994: THE UKRAINIAN GOVERNMENT OWNS 89% OF UKRAINE INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES (UKR), GUINESS PEAT (GUI) OWNS 11%. (UKR) REACHED APPROXIMATELY BREAK-EVEN IN 1994. IN 1995, (UKR) PLANS TO SELL 25% TO WESTERN PRIVATE INTERESTS.
TO AMSTERDAM, BARCELONA, BERLIN, ROME BRUSSELS, FRANKFURT, LONDON GATWICK (LGW), ZURICH, MANCHESTER, MUNICH, PARIS, & VIENNA.
737 "C" CHECKS AT AEROPLEX (HGA), BUDAPEST.
OCTOBER 1994: 1 737-200A (JT8D-17), (GUI) LEASED.
JANUARY 1995: 1 737-200 (PK635), EX-XINHUA AIRLINES (XIN). 1 737-400 TO MALEV (HGA).
MARCH 1995: 1 737-3Y0 (24907), EX-(LAM) MOZAMBIQUE, LEASED.
OCTOBER 1995: LEASE OF 737-400 BUDGETED FOR 1996. AN-12 WET LEASED FOR CARGO (1,000 TONS, EXPECTED THIS YEAR)
APRIL 1996: 400 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 30 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 30 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
ACE (AEROPLEX OF CENTRAL EUROPE) AT MALEV (HGA), HUNGARY COMPLETED "C" CHECK, ON 2ND UKRAINE INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES (UKR) 737-200.
AUGUST 1996: +2 767'S TO REPLACE IL-62, TO NEW YORK, CHICAGO (ORD), TORONTO, MIAMI (MIA), AND LOS ANGELES (LAX). POSSIBLE MAINTENANCE BY AEROPLEX (HGA), HUNGARY.
SEPTEMBER 1996: 2 UKRAINE INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES (UKR) ENGINEERING PERSONNEL VISITED TRANSAVIA (TAV), AND AIR HOLLAND (HOL), TO DISCUSS COMPUTERIZATION OF THEIR ENGINEERING AND MAINTENANCE DEPARTMENT PROCESSES. ALSO (UKR) HAS BEEN CORRESPONDING WITH SOFTWARE SUPPLIERS.
(UKR) EXPRESSED CONCERN ABOUT END OF LEASES, ON 737-300, IN OCTOBER 1996, AND EARLY NEXT YEAR, ON 2 737-200'S. NEED HELP TO EXTEND LEASES, AND ARE LOOKING FOR 4 737-300/-400'S, BEFORE NEXT SUMMER.
NOVEMBER 1996: AUSTRIAN AIRLINES (AUL), & SWISSAIR (SWS), TAKE 18.37% STAKE.
NOW SERVES 12 DESTINATIONS, IN WESTERN EUROPE, INCLUDING ZURICH & VIENNA.
(UKR) IS EXPECTING TO CARRY 200,000 PASSENGERS (PAX) IN 1996.
APRIL 1997: 1 737-300 RETURNED TO LESSOR. 1 737-200, (YU-ANP), AVIOGENEX LEASED. 1 737 EX-TRANSAVIA (TAV), USED TO AMSTERDAM.
MAY 1997: 470 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 30 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 130 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
SEP 1997: 2 ORDERS (NOVEMBER 1997) 737-300, PEMBROKE CAPITAL (PEB) 5 YEAR LEASED.
OCTOBER 1997: (TWA) CODE SHARE TO CHICAGO (ORD), NEW YORK (JFK), PARIS, KIEV, DONETSK.
NOVEMBER 1997: 1 ORDER (MAY 1999) 737-32Q. 2 ORDERS (FEBRUARY 1998) 737-300'S (24237; 24238), EX-GERMANIA (GER), PEMBROKE CAPITAL (PEB) LEASED.
JANUARY 1998: TO MILAN.
FEBRUARY 1998: 1 737-300 (CFM56-3-B2), EX-GERMANIA (GER).
APRIL 1998: 470 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 30 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 130 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
JUNE 1998: USA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT (DOT) OK'S CODE SHARE WITH (TWA), CHICAGO (ORD)/NEW YORK - KIEV/DONETSK.
JULY 1998: YURI EMELIANOV, DEPUTY DIRECTOR MAINTENANCE & ENGINEERING.
AUGUST 1998: DOES NOT RENEW MAINTENANCE CONTRACT WITH AEROPLEX HUNGARY (HGA), AND INSTEAD, WILL DO OWN MAINTENANCE PLANNING, AND REPAIR SCHEMES, AND DO OWN MAINTENANCE WORK.
OCTOBER 1998: PLANS TO RETURN 1 737-200, WHEN 737-300 ARRIVES IN APRIL 1999.
MARCH 1999: AGREEMENT SIGNED WITH AIR UKRAINE (UKN), TO USE UKRAINE INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES (UKR) AIRPLANES ON (UKN) FLIGHTS, USING (UKR) CAPTAINS (FC), & (UKN) FIRST OFFICERS (FC), AND CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA).
737-300 (PQ235) DAMP LEASED TO PRINCESS AIRLINES (PRL) FOR 10 MONTHS, INCLUDING 2 FLIGHT CREWS (FC), & 4 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT).
APRIL 1999: 470 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 30 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 130 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
737-32Q (29130) DELIVERY. LEASE TO PRINCESS AIRLINES (PRL) DID NOT GO THROUGH, BUT A SHORT-TERM LEASE TO BLUE PANORAMA AIRLINES (BPA) WAS OK'D.
MAY 1999: MR MIROSHNIKOV 1ST VICE PRESIDENT.
JUNE 1999: JOINT VENTURE WITH STATE AVIATION INSTITUTE TO SET UP A TRAINING CENTER FOR WESTERN AVIATION TECHNOLOGY.
LEASE OF 737-300 TO BLUE PANORAMA AIRLINES (BPA) IS NOW FOR 6 MONTHS. 1 ORDER (2001) 737-700. 737-200 (PK635) "D" CHECK AT (ATC) LASHAM (ATK) HAS BEEN EXTENDED, DUE TO STRUCTURAL REPAIRS.
AUGUST 1999: 737-35B (24238), WET-LEASED TO BLUE PANORAMA AIRLINES (BPA).
NOVEMBER 1999: 737-35B (24238) RETURNED FROM BLUE PANORAMA AIRLINES (BPA).
DECEMBER 1999: EVALUATING REGIONAL OPERATIONS, TO POSSIBLY USE 15 AN-140 TURBOPROPS, 52-PAX, $6 MILLION EACH, IN ITS FINAL STAGES OF ITS FLIGHT CERTIFICATION PROGRAM, EXPECTED TO COMPLETE IN JUNE 2000.
FEBRUARY 2000: 1 737-35B, LEASED TO AEROSVIT (UKA) 6 MONTHS, (24238), INCLUDING TOTAL MAINTENANCE SUPPORT.
MARCH 2000: CODE SHARE WITH BLUE PANORAMA (BPA), TO MILAN (MALPENSA), STARTING IN APRIL 2000.
APRIL 2000: 470 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 30 FLIGHT CREW (FC), & 130 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
MAY 2000: TO COPENHAGEN.
JULY 2000: 1999 = 339 MILLION (RPK) (TRAFFIC); 40.1% LF (LOAD FACTOR); 4.95 MILLION (FTK) (FREIGHT TRAFFIC); 193,000 PASSENGERS (PAX); 702 EMPLOYEES.
SEPTEMBER 2000: DELAYS DELIVERY OF 737-700 UNTIL 2003.
NOVEMBER 2000: STARTS DOING OWN "C" MAINTENANCE CHECKS, ON ITS AIRPLANES.
JANUARY 2001: EUROPEAN BANK OF RECONSTRUCTION OK'S $5.4 MILLION LOAN.
APRIL 2001: 580 EMPLOYEES.
MAIN BASE: KIEV (BORISPIL INTERNATIONAL).
AUGUST 2001: 2000 = +$69,000.
1 737-529 (2165-25419, /91 20 17), EX-SABENA (SAB), (CIT) AEROSPACE (TCI) LEASED.
OCTOBER 2001: THE GOVERNMENT ASKS UKRAINE INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES (UKR), AEROSVIT (UKA), AND AIR UKRAINE (UKN), TO SUBMIT PROPOSALS TO MERGE. THE 3 AGREE A MERGER MAKES SENSE, BUT WILL NOT ACCEPT THE DEBTS INCURRED BY NATIONAL CARRIER (UKN).
"UKRAINE INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES" CHANGES TO NEW NAME: "UKRAINE UNITED AIRLINES."
NOVEMBER 2001: 1 ORDER (JANUARY 2002) 737-35B (24238), EX-(UKA), GERMANIA (GER) LEASED. WILL RETURN 737-2T4 (22802) TO (GUI) IN MARCH 2002. 1 ORDER (MARCH 2003) 737-700.
MARCH 2002: 2 ORDERS (MAY 2002) 737-500, EX-BRAZIL. WILL BE RETURNING 1 737-200 AND 1 737-500, IN NEXT 2 MONTHS.
April 2002: To Zurich (weekly). May 2002 - October 2002, Simferopol - Frankfurt.
July 2002: 2001 = 300,000 PASSENGERS (PAX) (+25%); 586 EMPLOYEES.
737-35B (24238) wet-leased to Blue Panorama Airlines (BPA).
October 2002: To Lisbon, Portugal.
737-35B (24237) returned to Pembroke (PEB).
November 2002: 10th year anniversary!
737-529 (2111-25218, UR-GAI), (CIT) (TCI) leased (again). 1 AN-24RV (47309609, UR-46677), delivery.
December 2002: 737-35B (24238) returned from Blue Panorama (BPA). 737-529 (2111-25218, UR-GAI), returned to (CIT) (TCI).
January 2003: The Ukrainian Ministry of Transport plans to liquidate state-owned Air Ukraine (UKN). The Ukrainian authorities plan to establish a new national airline through a merger between Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) and Aerosvit (UKA), with a fleet of 737's and 767's.
737-341 (1637-24275, UR-GAL), (GECAS) (GEF) leased.
March 2003: In May 2003, code share with Austrian Airlines (AUL), Lvov - Vienna.
April 2003: 700 employees.
737-4YO (CFM56-3) (2256-25190, UR-GAM), (GECAS) (GEF) leased.
June 2003: 215 employees.
1 A320-211 (CFM56-5A1) (027), ex-Ansett (ANS), (SALE) (SIL) leased.
August 2003: 737-341 (CFM56-3) (1637-24275, UR-GAL), (GEF) leased January 2003, wet-leased to Blue Panorama Airlines (BPA).
September 2003: 737-529 (26537), Aerosvit (UKA) leased.
October 2003: Code share with SN Brussels (DAT), Kiev - Brussels.
November 2003: Is operating an An-12 between Vienna and Dnepropetrovsk, Kharkov, Kiev (Borispol), and Odessa for Austrian Cargo. Flights to Lvov will begin next summer, and service to Tblisi is under consideration.
December 2003: In March 2004, code share with Austrian Airlines (AUL), Lvov - Vienna (737, 4x-weekly).
March 2004: In May 2004, Kiev - Milan (Malpensa) (2x-weekly).
April 2004: 709 employees.
Kiev proposes to build 2 new international airports, 1 on each side of the Dnepr River.
May 2004: Air Traffic Control (ATC) Ukraine has become the 33rd member of Eurocontrol. It has been a member of the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) since 1999, and has participated in Eurocontrol's billing and central flow management system since 1998.
June 2004: Kiev - Kuwait City. Milan (MXP), Rome (FCO) - Kiev (KBP), 2/week in cooperation with Blue Panorama Airlines (BPA).
July 2004: 2003 = $785 million (+31.2%); 50.6% LF; 498,000 passengers (PAX) (+40.3%); 3.87 million (FTK) freight traffic (-25%).
October 2004: 737-4Z9 (2043-25147, UR-), ex-Lauda Air (LAL) delivery. Il-76TD (0063470089, UR-UCT) for Ukrainian Cargo operations.
April 2005: 895 employees.
1 737-33R (CFM56-3C1) (28869, UR-GAQ), Boullioun (BOU) leased.
May 2005: Plans Kiev to Doha, Kuwait, & Milan, plus Simferopol to Berlin.
737-247 (23188, UR-GAC), returned to lessor, leased to Adam Air (DHI).
June 2005: 737-4Z9 (27094, UR-GAP), delivery.
October 2005: Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) plans to boost capacity +35% (ASK) next year, as part of a strategy to gain a larger presence in its home market. "With more foreign carriers coming to the Ukraine, we have to react," President Yuri Miroshnikov said in Kiev. The fleet will increase from 9 737 Classics to 12 with the addition from next spring of 2 737-500s and 1 737-400, and will rise to 20 by 2009.
(UKR) has seen passenger traffic grow at an average annual rate of +25% (RPK) since 2001, and expects to transport 857,000 passengers in 2005. The strong growth is pushing the carrier to consider whether it needs to order new narrow bodies such as the 737NG or A320 in the near future.
Boeing (TBC) may have a leg up in the selection process owing to the fact that the airline is establishing a 737 technical center in Kiev, with its first airplane maintenance "D" check set to occur next March. It also sees an opportunity in the 3rd-party maintenance market for airlines in Western Europe. " Our material costs maybe are higher than [elsewhere] in Europe, but with our significantly lower labor costs and the high skill of Ukrainian technicians, (UKR) could be an attractive overhaul center for 737s," Deputy President Richard Creagh said. Cost of labor is around 50% cheaper than in the Czech Republic, for example.
The company already provides technical support to some carriers in the former Soviet Union. It is expected that the planned technical center also could be supported by the (UKR)'s 22.5% owner and strategic partner Austrian Airlines (AUL) Group. (AUL)'s Vienna hub has become (UKR)'s most important gateway and it plans new code share routes with (AUL) via Vienna to Nice, Geneva, and destinations in Scandinavia.
In terms of adding to its own network, (UKR) is looking at destinations in the Middle East such as Bahrain, Riyadh and Doha. It also wants to promote more transit traffic via Kiev and sees potential in long-haul services to the USA and Canada.
Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) will inaugurate nonstop service from Kiev Borispol Airport to Milan Malpensa on December 12th. The airline will operate 4x-weekly, on Mondays/Tuesdays/Thursdays/Fridays, using a 737.
In addition to Austrian Airlines (AUL), other owners are the Ukrainian government with 61.6%, the European Redevelopment Bank with 9.9% and AerCap Aviation Solutions (formerly Debis AirFinance (DEA) with 6%.
November 2005: Austrian (AUL) Cargo will increased its Vienna - Kiev flights to 4x-weekly from November 6, aboard Antonov An-12s leased from Ukraine International Airlines (UKR).
(UKR) implemented ticketless travel.
February 2006: Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) formalized a contract for Jeppesen's OPSControl flight operations management system. The suite includes flight planning, weather and (NOTAM) modules plus the SchedulePlanner flight scheduling system and SmartOps flowboard software.
Swissport finalized an agreement with Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) to operate jointly the Interavia ground handling company. Swissport will hold 51% of Interavia, which was launched last year by (UKR) and Airline Business Handling and is the leading ground handler at (UKR)'s Kiev hub. Swissport already works with the airline at other airports.
(UKR) took delivery of a 737-4Y0 (26081, UR-GAR), leased from (GECAS) (GEF). It also is planning to take delivery of 2 737-500s leased from Boeing Capital Corporation (TBC) within the next 6 weeks.
April 2006: Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) took delivery of 2 737-500s on lease from Boeing Capital Corp (TBC). (UKR) now operates 12 737s. It expects 2006 passenger traffic to be up +26% (RPK)s compared to 2005 and is considering whether to add another 737 before year end.
737-500 (UR-GAS) wet-leased to Adria (ADR).
June 2006: Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) inaugurated nonstop service from Lvov to Barcelona. The airline now operates 1 weekly flight on Thursdays using a 737.
July 2006: Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) completed the 1st "D" check on a 737, the 1st overhaul of a Western airplane in a (CIS) country. (UKR) was the 1st (CIS) carrier to receive (JAR) 145 approval to perform full maintenance on Western airplanes.
August 2006: Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) launched weekly Kiev - London Heathrow flights aboard a 737.
December 2006: Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) selected "Discover the World Marketing" to represent it in Israel.
(UKR) leased a 737-500 medium-distance airplane and boosted its airplane fleet to 13 planes.
According to a statement by (UKR), the plane was transferred to (UKR) in November.
(UKR) has concluded a 5-year agreement on the operation leasing with (GECAS) (GEF). This was the seventh plane taken on operation leasing by (UKR) from (GEF).
The fleet of (UKR) includes with the said plane 4 737-300 planes, 4 737-400 planes, and 5 737-500 planes.
April 2007: Volito Aviation announced the lease of 1 737-400 to Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) through March 2012.
June 2007: Started Lviv - Naples , and - Rome (FCO), using 737-400s.
Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) said (IATA) (ITA) extended its (IATA) (ITA) Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) registration for another 2 years until June 17, 2009. In 2005, (UKR) became the 1st (CIS) carrier to complete (IOSA) certification.
January 2008: Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) carried 1.4 million passengers in 2007, up +42% from the prior year. Load factor soared +12.1 points to 72.2% LF.
(UKR) became the Association of European Airlines (AEA)'s 33rd member on January 1.
February 2008: Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) transported 115,407 passengers in January, up +29% over the year-ago month. Load factor rose +2 points to 67% LF.
March 2008: Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) said it will add up to 30 new a irplanes in the next 6 to 7 years, starting with 4 winglet-equipped 737-800s leased from Aviation Capital Group (CGP), scheduled to arrive next year (2), and in early 2010 (2). The airplanes will be powered by (CFM56-7B26)s. "This initial order represents the start of the roll-out of our fleet renewal and expansion strategy," (UKR) President Yuri Miroshnikov said. "In the near future, we plan to operate the newest and most technologically advanced fleet of airplanes in the region. We are currently in negotiation with both Airbus (EDS) and Boeing (TBC) for a purchase order of up to 30 new airplanes." (UKR) now flies 15 737s and will add a 737-400 and a 737-300F this year.
(UKR) will add blended winglets to its fleet of 737-300s and 737-500s. 5 airplanes will be upgraded before year end. It currently operates 15 737-300s/737-400s/737-500s.
April 2008: The Ukaine's government is considering selling its stakes in the country's major carriers, Aerosvit (UKA) and Ukraine International (UKR). The state owns 22.4% of (UKA) and 61.6% of (UKR). The 2 carriers account for >50% of the country's air traffic.
(UKR) will lease a 737-300SF freighter from (GECAS) (GEF) with delivery in June. (UKR) plans to lease a 2nd early next year.
June 2008: SEE ATTACHED - - "UKR-737-5YO-2008-06."
737-3YOSF (24462, UR-FAA), (GEF) leased.
July 2008: Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) launched 3x-weekly, 737-300SF cargo service between Kiev Boryspil and Vienna (VIE) in partnership with Austrian Airlines (AUL), European Cargo Services, and TNT (TNB). Service increases to 5x-weekly on September 1. 5x-weekly flights to Liege, via (VIE), will begin in September. (UKR) said its cargo subsidiary also will offer charter flights and is negotiating with "prospective clients."
Hungary's Wizz Air (WZZ) has launched a wholly-owned subsidiary in the Ukraine with one A320 operating 4 domestic routes. (WZZ) aims to quickly expand with plans to begin international services in September, despite record high fuel prices and infrastructure bottlenecks which the other country's carriers say make the Low Cost Carrier (LCC) model unsustainable in the Ukraine.
The bottlenecks have not stopped Ukarine's 2 main carriers AerSvit (UKA) and (UKR) from quickly expanding and turning healthy profits. Last year, the Ukrainian market grew +23% to 9 million passengers. (UKR)s traffic grew +42% (RPK)s to 1.5 million, while (UKA) grew +29% (RPK)s to 2 million.
Both carriers have ambitious growth plans. (UKR) will add its 16th 737 classic in October and plans to order 30 to 36 new narrow bodies by year end. (UKA) which now operates about 20 airplanes and last year ordered 7 737-800s, is now looking to buy 10 large regional jets.
August 2008: Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) carried 936,500 passengers through July, +23% over the 1st 7 months of 2007.
October 2008: Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) transported 168,000 passengers in September, up +5% year-over-year. Load factor rose +7.4 points to 76.1% LF.
November 2008: 15th year anniversary!
Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) October (RPK) traffic was +7%. (UKR) in 2007 had 23 million foreign passengers, with 31% from neighboring Russia, 19% from neighboring Poland. Only a small fraction came from outside the old Soviet bloc, with Germany, USA and Turkey leading the list.
December 2008: Employees = 1,000.
The (UKR) network covers 70 countries.
(UKR) said that it plans to buy back the 6% stake held by AerCap (DEA) for approximately $3.3 million, or $100 per share, "Reuters" reported. The State Property Fund of Ukraine is the controlling shareholder at 61.6%, while Austrian Airlines (AUL) holds 22.5% and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has 9.9%.
December 2008: Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) transported 103,000 passengers in November, down -10% from the year-ago month. Load factor fell -10 points to 56% LF.
World nations currently rated Category 2 by the USA (FAA) under the agency's International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) program are: Bangladesh, Belize, Ivory Coast, Croatia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gambia, Ghana, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Israel, Kiribati, Montenegro, Nauru, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Philippines, Serbia, Swaziland, Ukraine, Uruguay and Zimbabwe. The (FAA) rating prevents nation's airlines being allowed to fly into the USA. They have the option to fly to the USA with an airline who is approved under Category 1.
The (FAA) states that a Category 2 rating "may involve a country lacking laws or regulations necessary to oversee air carriers in accordance with international standards, or that its civil aviation authority does not meet international standards in one or more areas such as technical expertise, trained personnel, record keeping, or inspection procedures."
January 2009: Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) said it "exceeded its projected targets" in 2008 and will report a full-year profit for the eighth consecutive year when it releases audited financial figures in April. It said passenger numbers rose +16.5% year-over-year to 1.7 million on a +18.5% lift in (RPK)s traffic to 3.2 billion. Load factor climbed +3 points to 74.8% LF. It operates 17 737s.
May 2009: The Ukrainian government intends to sell its 62% stake in Ukraine International Airlines (UKR), according to a government statement cited by "Reuters." Existing shareholders Austrian Airlines (AUL) (22.5%) and the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development (10%) will have rights of first refusal.
July 2009: 737-8HX (29658, UR-PSA), Aviation Capital Group (CGP) leased - - SEE PHOTO - - "UKR-737-8HX-2009-07."
September 2009: 737-8HX (29654, UR-PSB), Aviation Capital Group (CGP) leased.
October 2009: Ukraine International inaugurated service to Abu Dhabi with 737s. Other recently launched routes include Lviv - Milan, and Kiev - Nice.
February 2010: Austrian Airlines (AUL) has announced that it plans to sell its 22.5% stake in Ukraine International Airlines (UKR).
737-8HX (29662, UR-PSC), Aviation Capital Group (CGP) leased.
March 2010: Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) posted a +UAH7.9 million/+$977,400 profit in 2009, down -26.9% from the +UAH10.8 million surplus reported in 2008. It was (KR)'s 10th consecutive year in the black. Revenue climbed +15.8% to UAH2.2 billion but operating income plunged -51.8% to UAH40 million from UAH83 million. President, Yuri Miroshnikov said (UKR) suffered just a -6% fall in passenger traffic despite a -17% decline in demand in the Ukrainian market. (UKR) operates 19 737s.
Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) said it resold a 6% stake that it acquired from AerCap (DEA) in December 2008 to an unnamed Ukrainian investment company. Other shareholders are the State Property Fund of Ukraine (61.6%), Austrian investor UIAB (22.5%) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (9.9%).
(UKR) will launch thrice-weekly, Kiev Boryspil - Geneva service on April 28 aboard a 737.
May 2010: 737-8HX (29686, UR-PSD), Aviation Capital Group (CGP) leased.
June 2010: Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) will drop its Kiev - Brussels service June 25, citing low demand.
(IATA) (ITA) said that it formalized a strategic partnership with the Ukraine to cooperate in a number of areas, including safety and security. Director General & (CEO), Giovanni Bisignani and Ukraine Deputy Transport Minister & Chairman State Aviation Administration, Anatolii Kolisnyk signed a Memorandum of Intention in Kiev, where Bisignani also met with officials from Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) and Aerosvit Airlines (UKA). The organization will share ideas and best practices on safety, security, technology, airport infrastructure, air navigation, ground handling and training.
"(IATA)'s global standards and technical expertise can contribute significantly to the development of safe, efficient and environmentally responsible aviation in Ukraine," Bisignani said. He noted that Ukraine "has made progress to improve safety but many challenges remain - - more needs to be done. We must accelerate the work to bring safety oversight in line with the standards of (ICAO)." The country has a USA (FAA) Category 2 safety rating. He added that the nation's "airport and air traffic control (ATC) rates remain high and are not cost-based. Ukraine's system is one of the most expensive in Europe and remains one of the least productive. This undermines the competitiveness of Ukraine. We need immediate reform. "He said the agreement gives "hope that the government can quickly address the challenges of safety and infrastructure."
Ukraine International Airlines (UKR)'s fleet renewal plans have been put on hold owing to the economic downturn, President Yuri Miroshnikov said. He said (UKR) is reevaluating its needs and will develop a new fleet plan shortly. (UKR) currently operates a fleet of 19 737s but will solicit proposals for new airplanes from both Boeing (TBC) and Airbus (EDS). "We'd like to see what (EDS) can offer us," he said, noting that (UKR) could order up to 35 airplanes. The Ukraine government holds a 61.5% stake in (UKR), while Austrian Airlines (AUL) owns a 22.5% share.
August 2010: Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) has launched and announced new routes:
Donetsk - Dubrovnik: weekly seasonal, 737-500 service between June 5 and September 18;
Kiev Borispol - Brussels: 5x-weekly, 737-500 service resuming on September 20 (had been suspended since June 25);
Kiev Borispol - Donetsk: 2x-daily, 737-500 service started on April 27;
Kiev Borispol - Geneva: 3x-weekly, 737-500 service started on April 28;
Kiev Borispol - Split: weekly seasonal, 737-500 service started on May 4;
Kiev Borispol - Tel Aviv Ben Gurion: 5x-weekly, 737-500 service started on May 18;
Lviv - Donetsk: 2x-weekly, 737-400 service started on June 2.
(UKR) will temporarily suspend its Lviv - Milan Malpensa route for the winter season as of October 3. It has signed a code share agreement with Etihad Airways (EHD) covering the Kiev Borispol - Abu Dhabi route flown by (UKR) and several destinations in the Middle East and Africa on Etihad (EHD) services from Abu Dhabi. (UKR) has given up its short-lived cooperation with Wind Rose Aviation (WRC) that now has joined forces with (UKR) competitor Aerosvit Airlines (UKA). Austrian Airlines (AUS) sold its 23% stake in (UKR) earlier this year.
September 2010: Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) said it operated 2,157 flights and carried 228,000 passengers in August, up +10% compared to August 2009.
March 2011: Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) reached a code share agreement with bmi British Midland International (BMA) under which (BMA) will place its code on (UKR)'s Kiev Boryspil service to London Gatwick (daily), Brussels (5x-weekly), East Midlands (5x-weekly), Edinburgh (5x-weekly) and Leeds Bradford (5x-weekly), beginning April 1.
July 2011: Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) and Oneworld (ONW) alliance member, (S7) Airlines (SBR) signed a partnership agreement under which (UKR) will launch 3x-daily, Kiev - Moscow Domodedovo (DME) service, giving its passengers access to (SBR)'s network via (DME).
"(S7) Airlines (SBR) [has] the largest network of domestic routes in Russia," (UKR) Corporate Press Secretary, Evgeniya Satska said. "Cooperation with such a powerful carrier will provide our passengers with more opportunities." (UKR) operates a fleet of 19 737 airplanes.
Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) again passed the (IATA) Operational Safety Audit and received its fourth (IOSA) Operator Certificate.
September 2011: AN-148-100B (0101, UR-NTA - - SEE PHOTO - - "UKR-AN-148 - 2011-09") delivery. It operated its first scheduled flight between Kiev and Geneva on September 22nd.
October 2011: Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) provides scheduled domestic and international passenger and cargo services to most of the major cities in Western Europe and the Gulf.
Employees = 1,348.
(IATA) Code: PS - 566.
(ICAO) Code: AUI (Callsign - UKRAINE INTERNATIONAL).
Parent organization/shareholders: Austrian Airlines (AUL) (59%); European Bank for Reconstruction & Development (EBRD) (26%); & Capital Investment Project (15).
Alliances: Adria Airways (ADR); Aerosvit Airlines (UKA); Air France (AFA); Alitalia (ALI); Austrian Airlines (AUL); Etihad Airways (EHD); Finnair (FIN); Georgian Airways; Iberia (IBE); (KLM); Swiss International Air Lines (CSR); (TAP) Portugal; & Wind Rose Air (WRC).
Main Base: Kiev Borispol International Airport (KBP).
Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Chemovtsy; Dnepropetrovsk; Donetsk; Ivano Frankovsk; Kharkov; Kiev; Lvov; Mariupol; Odessa; & Simferopol.
International, Scheduled Destinations: Amsterdam; Barcelona; Berlin; Brussels; Copenhagen; Dubai; Frankfurt; Geneva; Helsinki; Kuwait; Lisbon; London; Madrid; Milan; Oslo; Paris; Rome; Tbilisi; Vienna; & Zurich.
January 2012: Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) has not launched its previously announced services to Colombo Bandaranaike International. Its routes from Ivano-Frankovsk to Milan Malpensa and Rome Fiumicino have been suspended and will not be resumed again next summer season. In better news, it has announced new non-stop services from its Kiev Borispol hub:
Kiev Borispol - Munich: 6x-weekly 737-500 service starting on May 27;
Kiev Borispol - Tehran Imam Khomeini: 3x-weekly 737-500 service starting on March 25;
Ukraine International (UKR) and Aerosvit (UKA) have also entered into a code share agreement for the routes from Kiev Borispol to Almaty, Astana, Donetsk, London Gatwick and Tel Aviv Ben Gurion that has become effective on December 1. Since then, (UKA) continues to serve Almaty and Astana while Ukraine International (UKR) continues to serve London Gatwick with the other airline withdrawing from these markets. Both carriers continue to operate services to Donetsk and Tel Aviv Ben Gurion but now in cooperation. (UKR) has also started code sharing on Dniproavia (UDN) services from Kiev Borispol to Dnepropetrovsk, Ivano-Frankovsk, Lvov, Odessa, and Simferopol. Only Ivano-Frankovsk is a new destination from Kiev for (UKR), it already serves the other airports but now is able to offer additional frequencies thanks to several daily services operated by Dniproavia (UDN) with ERJ-145s on these routes. (UDN) has decided not to resume its non-stop services from Lvov to Barcelona, Donetsk, Madrid, Milan Malpensa, and Rome Fiumicino after the runway repair works at the airport in the west of Ukraine have been completed.
(UKR) recently entered into a code share agreement with AirFrance (AFA) between Kiev and Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) to add its code on routes to Dnepropetrovsk, Donetsk, Lvov, Simferopol, and Odessa and beyond (CDG) to Marseille, Lyon and Nice. (UKR) has interline agreements with 16 carriers worldwide.
Kiev’s main airport served more than >8 million passengers in 2011,
+20% more than in 2010. The airport, which handles about 70% of
all traffic to and from the Ukraine, welcomed a number of new
airlines last year including FlyDubai (FDB), Air Arabia (ABZ) and Cimber Sterling (STR), which is now owned by Ukrainian investors. At the same time, the country’s two largest airlines, Aerosvit (UKA)
and Ukraine International (UKR) have grown their Kiev capacity
by double digits, as have Russian airlines like Aeroflot (ARO), S7 (SBR) and Transaero (TRX). Turkish Airlines (THY), Lufthansa (DLH) and AirFrance (AFA) have grown in Kiev as well. The growth figures for the airport would be higher still had Wizz Air (WZZ) not moved its Kiev operations to an alternative airport in March. Ukraine’s economy grew a healthy +5% in 2011, according to latest World Bank
UKR) has taken delivery of two ex-Aerosvit Airlines (UKA) An-148-100s and could reportedly take up to 22 An-148s and 28 An-158s on lease from Ukrainian lessor Leasingtechtrans. It has also added a fourth ex-Brussels Airlines (DAT)/(EBA) 737-300. The 737-300 offers 136 business (C) and economy-class (Y) cabin seats. This is (UKR)’s 20th 737.
According to (UKR), its fleet expansion program became more urgent after adopting the new strategic model of a network carrier based at Kiev Boryspil. (UKR)’s fleet includes a mix of 20 737-300/400/500/800s, one Fokker F 50 and three Antonov An-148 airplanes.
March 2012: (KLM) and Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) are increasing capacity between Amsterdam and Kiev and expanding their code share agreement, partly in response to an anticipated rise in demand owing to the upcoming 2012 (UEFA) European Football (soccer) Championship in Ukraine.
(KLM) will add its code on (UKR) domestic flights originating in Kiev to Donetsk (DOK), Dnepropetrovsk (DNK), Lvov (LWO), Odessa (ODS) and Simferopol (SIP). (UKR) will add its code on (KLM) flights from Amsterdam to Birmingham (BHX), Edinburgh (EDI), Manchester (MAN) and London Heathrow (LHR). The expanded code share will begin March 25. The airlines also will add a fourth daily frequency on the route in June.
The extended cooperation is pending approval of all regulatory authorities, the carriers said.
June 2012: Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) plans to add wide bodies in 2013 to launch long-haul services to Asia. (UKR) is considering adding either A330s or 777s and would first operate from Kiev to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International (BKK) and Beijing Capital (PEK) airports. Both routes are already served by competitor Aerosvit Airlines (UKA).
October 2012: AeroSvit (UKA) and Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) are supporting Kiev Boryspil International’s (KBP) transformation plan into a competitive international hub. (KBP) handles about 8 million passengers annually.
(UKR) and (UKA) combined, have nearly 70% of (KBP)’s passenger traffic. The two carriers are interested in further joint development and growth of transit potential. The Ukraine government will engage a private company to assist with the plan.
January 2013: Ukraine International Airlines ((IATA) Code: PS, based at Kiev Borispol airport (KBP)) (UKR) has come under full control of Cyprus based, investment group, Ontobet Promotions according to a report by the "Kyiv Post" based on statements made by Ukraine's State Commission for Securities & the Stock Market. Ontobet directly owns 25.83% while the remaining 74.16% are owned by the Capital Investment Project. It still seems to be unclear which Ukrainian investors actually control Ontobet and therefore (UKR). (UKR) has denied rumors that Privat Group (partially owned by Ihor Kolomoyskyi, who also controls Aerosvit Airlines (UKA), Dniproavia (UDN) and Donbassaero (UDC)) would be Ontobet's owner.
Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) resumed services from Kiev to Kazakhstan’s capital, Astana on 16 January. (UKR) was quick to re-launch the flights from Kiev Boryspil (KBP) to Astana (TSE), after its main competitor Aerosvit (UKA) withdrew daily services between the capitals two days earlier. Operating with 112-seat 737-500 equipment, (UKR) will offer 5x-weekly frequencies, boosting them to daily departures from April 2013. (UKR) now holds monopoly conditions serving the two largest Kazakhstan’s cities, including the country’s main economic hub, Almaty.
Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport has banned AeroSvit Airlines (UKA) due to a debt dispute with (UKA). The airport warned (UKA) it would ban its flights if the RUB95 million/$3 million debt was not paid in full by December 10. (UKA) reportedly made a partial payment. Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport said (UKA)’s total debt (including arrears for fuel and security supply) had reached RUB165.5 million.
AeroSvit (UKA) has now filed for bankruptcy, but is continuing to operate. “AeroSvit Airlines (UKA) has filed a petition to initiate bankruptcy proceedings for the purpose of commencing reorganization procedure, restoring solvency and ensuring fulfillment of commitments to its creditors in full,” (UKA) said.
The petition was filed December 29, but (UKA) said “as of today, the airline is not bankrupt.” It added that it will fulfill its current contractor commitments. “The airline’s management remains unchanged and keeps functioning, with all procedures assuring normal operational activities, including flight safety assurance, being carried out in full extent,” it said, noting it will now initiate a reorganization to improve efficiency and boost its revenues.
(UKA) has recently run into debt issues with a number of Russian airports, including Kaliningrad, Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport, Rostov-on-Don and St Petersburg.
Later, (UKA) had to cancel or delay several flights after some airports suspended service due to (UKA)’s debt. According to Russian news agency "RIA Novosti," from January 5 - 8, AeroSvit (UKA) airplanes were delayed at Warsaw, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Tel-Aviv airports. On January 7, Warsaw airport did not authorize (UKA) to operate return flights to Kiev. On January 9, (UKA) was forced to cancel flights from Kiev to Yerevan, from Prague and Yerevan to Kiev and delayed flights from Kiev to Astana, New York, Bangkok, and Tel-Aviv.
AeroSvit (UKA), which insists it does not have any current debt, said the airports misunderstood its petition that initiated bankruptcy proceedings in December. At the end of last year, (UKA) said it will undergo reorganization and “restoring solvency and ensuring fulfillment [sic] of commitments to its creditors in full.”
(UKA) accused the airports of unreasonable flight interruptions and said the airport providers require prepayments even if the airline does not have any debts. It is negotiating with airport providers in Warsaw.
Ukraine Prime Minister, Mykola Azarov said, “We can’t afford that private carrier’s problems to do harm for thousands of Ukraine and foreign citizens.”
Later, Russia’s aviation authorities banned (UKA) flights from January 15. Apparently, on January 11, Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia, said (UKA)’s debt for state-owned Air Traffic Management Corporation had reached $1.5 million. The agency said the nonpayment could not be reconciled with bankruptcy proceedings, which were initiated by the carrier at the end of December, as they do not match Russia’s legislative procedures.
Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) has taken over some of (UKA)’s flights from Kiev to Prague, Baku, Astana, and Tbilisi.
March 2013: Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) stepped up its presence in the market from Kiev to Moscow, as it launched 4x-daily services on the 800 km (ex-AeroSvit (UKA) route) from Kiev Borispol (KBP) to Moscow Sheremetyevo (SVO) on February 22. In addition to the new route, on which (UKR) competes with Aeroflot (ARO)’s 3x-daily service, (UKR) also added a third daily frequency on its existing route from the Kiev airport to Moscow Domodedovo.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) has agreed to provide a €41 million loan to modernize and upgrade Ukraine’s air navigation system. The loan will finance a program implemented by the Ukrainian State Air Traffic Service Enterprise, to be implemented at various airport sites and in remote locations throughout Ukraine.
The project will replace and upgrade surveillance infrastructure, air traffic management (ATM) systems, communications and navigation systems. It will also finance the construction of aerodrome control towers. “The (EIB) funds will contribute to safer and more efficient air navigation in Eastern Europe for the benefit of Ukraine as well as its partners in the European Union,” (EIB) VP, Anton Rop said.
Including the current loan, the (EIB) has provided €1.9 billion in loans to Ukraine.
April 2013: Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) offers new Ukraine - Tel Aviv service: Odessa - Tel Aviv, 3x-weekly; Donetsk - Tel Aviv, weekly; and Dnepropetrovsk - Tel Aviv, 2x-weekly.
(UKR) commenced operations on the 3,500 km route from Kiev Boryspil (KBP) to Novosibirsk (OVB) on 29 April, making Russia’s third most populous city, its tenth destination in the country. The service is carried out on a seasonal basis until 11 September using 737-800s.
Embraer (EMB) is negotiating with AeroSvit (UKA) owners to deliver three out of five Embraer E190 airplanes ordered by (UKA). In 2012, two E190s painted in AeroSvit (UKA) livery were delivered to (UKA). They were operating for Dniproavia (UDN), a member of Ukrainian Aviation Group, created by AeroSvit (UKA) owners.
At the end of December, AeroSvit (UKA) filed for bankruptcy, but planned to continue operations. However, (UKA) finally ceased short- and medium-haul destinations and then left the long-haul market shortly thereafter.
Part of (UKA)’s fleet, including two E190s, were transferred to Ukraine International Airlines (UKR). Three remaining E190s could also be leased by (UKR) after delivery to AeroSvit (UKA) owners.
May 2013: Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) offers 2x-weekly, Kiev - Nizhnevartovsk 737 and Embraer EMB-190 service. From June 8, it operates 3x-weekly. On June 23, it will be 5x-weekly. (UKR) also begins 2x-daily, London Gatwick - Kiev 738-800 service on June 18.
(UKR) has added six leased airplanes to its fleet as part of a renewal and expansion program. The airplanes comprise four 737-500s, one 737-300 and one Embraer E190, which has increased passenger capacity by nearly 700 seats.
(UKR) also operates 26 737 Classics/NGs and one E190.
“Implementation of the business model of a network carrier, ensuring optimal two-way connections at Kiev Boryspil International Airport, sets new challenges for the carrier’s fleet renewal and expansion,” Executive VP Strategy & Development, Yervgeny Treskunov said.
This month, two additional 737-800s and one E190 are scheduled to join the fleet.
June 2013: Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) began daily (from 3x) Batumi - Kiev. It also offers 3x-daily, Georgia - Ukraine, 2x-daily, Tbilisi - Kiev.
(UKR) has become the dominant carrier of the Southeastern European country by taking over routes and airplanes of AeroSvit (UKR), which ceased operations earlier this year.
July 2013: On July 2, Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) commenced seasonal operations on the 1,000 km route from its Kiev Borispol (KBP) hub to Adler/Sochi (AER) in Russia, a service it operates with 3x-weekly frequencies using E190s until the end of August. Two days later, (UKR) commenced flights on its fifth route to Tel Aviv (TLV) in Israel, from Simferopol (SIP) in the Crimea. 2x-weekly 737 operated flights are offered on the route, facing competition from services of the same frequency by Air Onix (ONX).
From July 18, (UKR) launched weekly, Yerevan - Simferopol flights. (UKR) began weekly, Rome - Lvov service. (UKR) also began 3x-weekly, Sochi - Kiev flights. (UKR) will offer weekly, Kiev - Tenerife winter November 1 - March 28 service.
(UKR) and Russia’s Rossiya Airlines (SDM) have signed a code share agreement on its round trip service from Kiev to St Petersburg. The agreement allows (UKR) to increase the frequency up to 3x-daily. (UKR) launched Kiev - St Petersburg flights in February, replacing AeroSvit Airlines (UKA) that was banned from Russia’s aerospace in January.
(UKR) which is moving forward with its fleet renewal and expansion program, has taken delivery of three new leased 140-seat, Embraer EMB-190s. (UKR) has taken delivery of its first of four (CFM56-7BE)-powered 737-900s, which are configured with 20C business- and 159Y economy-class seats. (UKR) expects to receive its fourth 737-900 by the end of the year.
(UKR) currently operates a mix of 28 737 Classic/NGs and five EMB-190s. Its fleet has grown from 20 airplanes in 2012 to 36 by the end of the summer. Passenger numbers increased from “2.8 million in 2012 to 4.5 million this year,” President, Yuri Miroshnikov said. (UKR) is also planning to introduce long-haul flights as soon as the airline completes its current expansion plans.
737-94XER (36087, UR-PSL - - SEE PHOTO - - "UKR-737-9XER - 2013-08"), delivery.
September 2013: Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) has concluded a partner agreement with Azerbaijan Airlines (AHY) and Turkish Airlines (THY). The agreement with (AHY) will increase the frequency of Kiev Boryspil - Baku service up to 8x-weekly flights in winter 2013/2014. The carriers have concluded a code share agreement on the route.
Turkish Airlines (THY) and Ukraine International (UKR) agreed to increase the frequency between Kiev and Istanbul from September 15. The carriers have reached a code share agreement on routes between Kiev and Istanbul Ataturk and Kiev - Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen.
Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) offers weekly, Kiev - Tenerife service between November 1 - March 28.
Under the auspices of its International Aviation Safety Assessments (IASA) program, the (FAA) has upgraded Ukraine’s safety rating to Category 1 from Category 2. The new rating means that Ukraine now complies with international safety standards set by (ICAO), based on the results of a July (FAA) review of Ukraine’s Civil Aviation Authority.
Ukraine was rated Category 2 by the (FAA) in 2005, meaning that it either lacked laws or regulations necessary to oversee air carriers in accordance with minimum international standards, or that its Civil Aviation Authority was deficient in one or more areas, such as technical expertise, trained personnel, record keeping or inspection procedures. The airlines of a Category 2 rated country can maintain existing services to the USA, but are barred from launching new services.
Since 2005, Ukraine’s Civil Aviation Authority has been working with the (FAA) on an action plan to ensure its safety oversight system fully complies with (ICAO)’s standards and practices. The new Category 1 rating indicates that that has been achieved and as a result the country’s airlines can add flights and service to the USA and carry the code of USA carriers. Ukraine currently does not provide service to the USA.
As part of its (IASA) program, the (FAA) assesses the civil aviation authorities of all countries with air carriers that operate or have applied to fly to the USA and makes that information available to the public. The assessments determine whether or not foreign Civil Aviation Authorities are meeting (ICAO) safety standards, not (FAA) regulations.
Air Lease Corporation (ALE) announced a long-term lease agreement with Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) for one new 737-800 airplane with winglets and sky interior. The 737-800, which is powered by (CFM56-7B) engines, is scheduled for delivery in April 2015.
November 2013: Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) inaugurated operations on its third route to Spain from its Kiev Boryspil (KBP) hub on November 1st. (UKR), which already offers 3x-weekly flights to both Barcelona and Madrid, now offers Tenerife Sur (TFS) as its first destination in the Canary Islands. Weekly (Friday) flights are operated on the 4,700 km route, which is served using 737-700s.
December 2013: Ukraine International Airlines UKR), the flag carrier and the largest airline from Ukraine, extended its international network with the launch of a new service from Kiev Boryspil (KBP) to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi (BKK) on December 7th. The 7,390 km sector will be operated weekly (Saturday) using (UKR)’s 285-seat 767-300s, but this will increase to 3x-weekly from December 17th. There is currently no direct competition on the route, though in January, Wind Rose Airlines (WRC) plans to start serving the market.
January 2014: Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) will begin 2x-weekly, Kiev - New York (JFK) service on April 25. On June 23, the service goes to daily.
February 2014: Ukraine International Airlines (UKR), the flag carrier and the largest airline of Ukraine, increased its European offering with the launch of a new seasonal service from its Kiev Boryspil (KBP) hub to Adler/Sochi (AER) in Russia on February 2nd. The 1,017 km sector will be served five times weekly until February 25th, utilizing (UKR)’s 178-seat 737-800s. (UKR)’s new route to the host of the 2014 Winter Olympics will face no competition from other carriers.
April 2014: The continuing political unrest in Ukraine is affecting airline services both within the Eastern European nation and internationally. Due to the uncertainty and fluctuating levels of violence in the country, passenger traffic has been significantly reduced, with several European nations advising travelers against all but essential travel to certain regions.
In February, national carrier Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) said declining volumes of business and tourist traffic had forced it to reduce some frequencies; it reduced the number of weekly flights from 345 to 305. This spare capacity was redeployed on several new routes or enhanced frequencies on others from its Kiev hub, to destinations such as Chisinau, Minsk, London and New York. Some cancellations continued throughout March and, on the last day of the month, (UKR) announced it was halting all services between Kiev and the Crimean capital of Simferopol until at least June 26. Given the de facto accession of Crimea to Russia (and the continuing tension between Kiev and Moscow), it is unknown when, or if, (UKR) flights to Simferopol will resume.
Meanwhile, low-cost carrier (LCC) Wizz Air Ukraine (WAU) announced that it is further optimizing its services due to continued low demand for its Ukrainian services and the country’s weakening currency. Plans to open a new base at Lviv, scheduled for April 30, have been deferred indefinitely. Six new routes (scheduled to start operating from the western Ukrainian city to Barcelona Girona, Naples, Kutaisi (Georgia), Tel Aviv, Rome Fiumicino and Valencia) have been temporarily suspended. Existing Lviv services to Dortmund, Milan and Venice Treviso will continue to operate. Two services from Kiev — to Sofia and Vilnius, and the Kharkov - Kutaisi route have also been temporarily suspended. “We observe a significant drop in demand for travel on Ukraine routes and we hope these changes in travel behavior are temporary and will return to normal when consumer confidence is restored,” Wizz Air Ukraine (WAU) Director General, Akos Bus said. “Meanwhile, we must react by adjusting our network offer and capacity. As soon as we see demand which supports additional growth, we will proceed with appropriate capacity enhancements. We aim to restore our original growth plan as soon as possible.”
Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) has launched Kiev Boryspil - New York (JFK) services, its first transatlantic flight following the reinstatement of Ukraine’s Category 1 status by the (FAA) in September 2013.
(UKR) operates a Boeing 767-300ER (SEE ATTACHED - - "UKR-767-300ER WITH WINGLETS-2014-04") in a three-class configuration, on the daily service.
(UKR) said it offers connections to Washington, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Las Vegas.
May 2014: Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) introduced a new transatlantic route with the addition of 2x-weekly flights (Tuesdays and Fridays) from Kiev Boryspil (KBP) to New York (JFK) on April 25th. The 7,564 km sector will be operated using (UKR)’s 261-seat 767-300s and will face no competition from other carriers. This new airport pair will see a frequency increase to 4x-weekly from May 14, 6x-weekly from June 12 as well as daily between June 23 and September 30th, while from October 1, it will decrease to 5x-weekly.
Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) begins 3x-weekly, Boeing 737 Kiev - Erbil service on June 3. (UKR) will offer daily, Kiev - Batumi service; 2x-weekly, Kharkov - Batumi, and weekly, Lvov - Batumi flights. All are operated with 737s beginning June 14.
Ukrainian aviation authorities have banned flights to republics in Russia’s North Caucasus due to continuing political instability.
The "ITAR-TASS" news agency said the list of closed regions to Ukrainian carriers includes Chechnya, Ingushetia, Dagestan, Kabardino-Balkaria, Karachaevo-Cherkessia, and North Ossetia. Flights to these republics will be possible only after additional negotiations with the State Aviation Administration of Ukraine’s security department.
Authorities have also banned flights to former Georgian republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Carriers will be able to operate flights to that region only if they have United Nations (UN) contracts.
At the beginning of May, Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia, said Ukrainian authorities banned flights by Russian airlines to Ukraine’s eastern cities of Donetsk and Kharkiv. Rosaviatsia had said it would not implement similar measures, but on May 12, Russia’s aviation administration said it was reconsidering whether to take action.
June 2014: Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) will start 2x-weekly, Boeing 737 Kiev - Thessaloniki service on June 24.
Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) (which faces massive challenges due to political crises and instability in the region) is “working hard to cope and survive,” President & (CEO), Yuri Miroshnikov said.
July 2014: Ukraine International Airlines (UKR), which launched daily, Kiev Boryspil - New York (JFK) services in April, is planning to extend its long-haul services to Beijing.
(UKR) (CEO), Yuri Miroshnikov said (UKR) faces “huge bureaucracy problems” in China. “Slots are especially critical for us,” he said. There is no launch date for the Beijing services.
“New York is one of the most important routes for the Ukraine,” he added. (UKR) operates two Boeing 767-300ERs, in a three-class configuration, on the daily USA service. “Our 767s are significantly refurbished and economically well balanced for us to enter this new market.”
A third Boeing 767-300ER features a charter configuration and operates mainly on routes that include Bangkok.
(UKR) faces massive challenges due to political crises and instability in the region and is “working hard to cope and survive,” Miroshnikov said.
August 2014: Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) has started the 3,112 km link from its Kiev Boryspil (KBP) base to Tashkent (TAS) in Uzbekistan (its first route to the country) on August 14th. Operated twice-weekly (Thursdays and Sundays) by (UKR)’s 101-seat EMB-190s, (UKR) will face direct competition from the incumbent, Uzbekistan Airways (UZB) (twice-weekly).
November 2014: Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) is facing massive challenges due to political crises and instability in the region. "Our business is difficult. We do our best to overcome this negative situation. From September 2013 to September 2014 the international passenger market in Ukraine decreased by -26%," said President & (CEO) Yuri Mirsohnikov at the Association of European Airlines summit in Istanbul recently.
He said although the company is increasing its market share in the region, challenges for the coming winter season are tough.
Miroshnikov confirmed that (UKR) asked the Ukrainian government for help. “Yes we did. This is a serious issue for Ukraine’s air transport infrastructure. We didn’t ask for state aid; we are looking for long-term credit, but times are difficult for banks as well and we are not able to get the credit [(UKR) needs],” he said.
The (CEO) said time is essential. “If we do not manage to get funding, then we will have to reduce the fleet significantly and cut hundreds of jobs,” Miroshnikov said. “If we don’t get funding, our inevitable volume reduction affects state airports and Air Traffic Control (ATC), and may also cause the loss of employment [at these facilities].”
(UKR) closed routes to Crimea and Donetsk, as well as up to 7 destinations in Russia. For the winter season, (UKR) also suspended operations to Madrid and Düsseldorf. “Around 20% to 25% of all destinations would be affected, but this is [typical] during the winter schedule,” Miroshnikov said.
(UKR)´s long-haul route to New York’s (JFK) International Airport begun last summer is doing reasonably well, generating new transit flow to (UKR)’s hub at Kiev Borispol International Airport.
Frequencies to (JFK) could be reduced for the coming winter from 5x- to possibly 3x-weekly services.
Regarding fleet overcapacity, (UKR) managed to lease out 4 airplanes during summer, including a 767. "Now they are all back. We plan to terminate some lease contracts in the range of up to 7 airplanes."
(UKR) currently has up to 34 airplanes in its fleet. Last year, it transported 4.7 million passengers. For 2014, the number will shrink to 3.8 million passengers.
February 2015: News Item A-1: Transport Canada Aviation Security has approved Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) for a Canadian foreign air operator’s certificate (FAOC), which permits scheduled passenger services from Ukraine to Canada.
As part of its long-haul program, (UKR) plans to launch nonstop Kiev Boryspil to Toronto Pearson services in the summer 2015 schedule using a Boeing 767-300ER. Toronto will become (UKR)’s second destination in North America following New York (JFK).
Due to the current unstable political situation in Ukraine, the assessment process covered the entire aviation security system, as well as individual procedure checks. The assessment found (UKR) has an approved security program consistent with (ICAO) standards and recommended practices, and meets Canadian aviation security requirements.
(UKR) is facing massive challenges due to political crises and instability in the region. “Our business is difficult. We [are doing] our best to overcome this negative situation. From September 2013 to September 2014 the international passenger market in Ukraine decreased by -26%,” President & (CEO) Yuri Mirsohnikov said at the Association of European Airlines (AEA) summit in Istanbul last fall.
News Item A-2: Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) has confirmed it will launch nonstop, Kiev Boryspil to Beijing Capital International Airport services on April 29 using a Boeing 767-300ER.
“Our 767s are significantly refurbished and economically well balanced for us to enter this new market,” (CEO) Yuri Miroshnikov said in October 2014. He mentioned in an earlier interview (UKR) faced “huge bureaucracy problems” in China. “Slots are especially critical for us,” he said.
(UKR) also faces massive challenges due to political crises and instability in the region and is “working hard to cope and survive,” Miroshnikov said.
In February, Transport Canada Aviation Security approved (UKR) for a Canadian foreign air operator’s certificate (FAOC), which permits scheduled passenger services from Ukraine to Canada.
(UKR) plans to launch nonstop Kiev Boryspil to Toronto Pearson services in the summer 2015 schedule. Toronto will become (UKR)’s second destination in North America following New York (JFK).
March 2015: News Item A-1: Spanish budget carrier Vueling (VUZ) and Brussels Airlines (DAT)/(EBA) will launch flights to Saint Petersburg’s Pulkovo Airport in the (IATA) 2015 summer season, despite Russia’s international traffic decrease.
According to a Pulkovo Airport statement, (VUZ) plans to start Malaga - Saint Petersburg Airbus A320 weekly services in May; services are expected to increase to 2x-weekly in June. (VUZ) currently operates flights to Saint Petersburg from Barcelona and Alicante.
Brussels Airlines (DAT)/(EBA) plans to launch weekly, Brussels to Saint Petersburg Airbus A319 services on March 30.
Russia’s Transaero (TRX) will launch flights to Shanghai; China Southern Airlines (GUN) plans to launch Urumqi flights and Ukrainian International Airlines (UKR) is expected to start flying from Odessa.
Aeroflot Group member Rossiya Airlines (SDM) will launch daily Saint Petersburg - Chisinau Antonov An-148 service, while Air Astana (AKZ) adds flights from Almaty and Astana. (SDM) will also operate 4x-weekly A320 service to Almaty and 3x-weekly services to Astana. Rossiya (SDM) is expected to increase the frequencies at these destinations.
The airlines are increasing the number of flights despite the international traffic decrease, which is due to the change of currency exchange rates. Local airlines are also increasing the number of domestic destinations and flights. In February, Russia’s regional carrier RusLine Airline resumed regional flights from Saint Petersburg to Belgorod, Ivanovo, Kirov and Yaroslavl. Red Wings Airlines (RWZ) is expected to start flights from Saint Petersburg to Grozny, Simferopol, and Makhachkala.
May 2015: Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) began 2x-weekly, Odessa to St Petersburg Boeing 737/Embraer E190 service.
June 2015: News Item A-1: Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) launched 7 new routes between the dates of June 17 to 18, starting with 3x-weekly services between Kiev Boryspil (KBP) and Amman (AMM). From the 7 services launched, this is also the only sector that will face direct competition. This comes in the form of Royal Jordanian (RJA) (3x-weekly) and Ukrainian-Mediterranean (weekly) according to Official Airline Guide (OAG) Schedules Analyser data.
Routes as follows:
Kiev Boryspil (KBP) to Amman (AMM), E190, 3x-, vs Royal Jordanian (RJA) 3x-, Ukrainian-Mediterranean 1x-;
Odessa (ODS) to Yerevan (EVN), 737-500, 1x-, to Lviv (LWO) 737-500 2x-;
(LWO) to Madrid (MAD), 737-800, 1x-, to Bologna (BLQ), 737-800 1x-;
(ODS) to Vilnius (VNO), E190, 2x-, to Kharkiv (HRK), 737-500, 2x-.
News Item A-2: Ukraine International Airlines ((IATA) Code: PS, based at Kiev Borispol) (UKR) has retired its last remaining 737-400 (25147, YR-BAT) now in service for Romanian budget carrier, Blue Air (Romania) ((IATA) Code: 0B, Bucharest Otopeni).
As it stands, (UKR) still operates a variety of 737s including 3 737-300s, 1 737-300F, 6 737-500s, 8 737-800s and 4 737-900ERs.
July 2015: News Item A-1: "Ukrainian Airlines Report Passenger Traffic Down 8.5% in (1H)" by (ATW) Polina Montag-Girmes, July 24, 2015.
Airlines in the Ukraine carried 2.73 million passengers in the 1st half, down -8.5% year-over-year, according to the State Aviation Administration of Ukraine. Of this number, 2.46 million passengers were carried on international routes. Cargo volume was 32,900 tonnes, down -8.4%.
Ukraine authorities said the results are due to an “unstable political and economic situation in the country.”
Over the past 10 years, Ukrainian airlines carried the most passengers (3.46 million) in the 1st half of 2012. Since then, the number of passengers carried has been decreasing.
In the 1st half of 2015, 31 airlines operated passenger and cargo flights. Combined, they operated 31,100 commercial flights.
Ukrainian International Airlines (UKR), UTair Ukraine (UTN), Wizz Air Ukraine (WAU), Dniproavia (UDN), and Windrose Airlines (WRC) carried the most passengers. 8 Ukrainian airlines operated scheduled flights from Ukraine to 38 countries.
News Item A-2: Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) began summer seasonal 2x-weekly, Odessa to Vilnius service with Boeing 737s and Embraer E190s. (UKR) launched weekly, Lvov to Rome Boeing 737/Embraer E190 service through September 12.
August 2015: News Item A-1: Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) begins daily, Kiev to Ivano to Frankovsk with a Boeing 737 and an Embraer E190. (UKR) also begins 6x-weekly Lvov to Rome and 3x-weekly, Lvov to Tel Aviv service.
News Item A-2: Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) is planning to establish a separate Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) unit at its Kiev Borispol hub, (UKR) VP Commerce Sergey Fomenko has said.
Speaking to Russia's (ATO), Fomenko said (UKR) has long had an interest in developing its own maintenance facilities at Borispol, given that the airport has none at present time. Having secured the lease on a 7,500 sq m hangar at the airport in July, (UKR) now intends to transfer some technical staff from its mainline operation to the planned (MRO) unit.
"The organization will be contractually linked to (UKR)," Fomenko said. "Its personnel will provide repair services to (UKR) airplanes and they will also ensure the airworthiness of our fleet." He did not disclose any exact time lines for the switch.
Borispol's largest operator, (UKR)'s fleet entails 4 737-300s, 6 737-500s, 8 737-800s, 4 737-900s, 5 767-300(ER)s, and 5 E190s.
News Item A-3: Ukrainian aviation authorities have banned Turkmenistan Airlines (TUE) Ashgabat to Kiev flights from August 16. Despite an agreement between the two countries at the end of May, Turkmenistan authorities have not yet given permission for Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) to operate flights on the route.
Earlier this year, the same dispute erupted between Ukraine and Belarus authorities, when Minsk-based Belavia (BLV) said it had been forced to cease or reduce the number of Minsk to Kiev flights, pending permission from the Ukrainian aviation authorities. However, the sides later agreed on 14x-weekly services.
News Item A-4: (UKR) currently operates 32 airplanes and serves 35 countries, to 57 destinations, on 71 routes and 128 daily flights.
October 2015: News Item A-1: Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) carried 3.6 million passengers in the 1st nine months of 2015, up +26% year-over-year (YOY). (UKR), the Ukrainian flag carrier, operated 31,081 scheduled flights, up +2% (YOY).
(UKR) reported a +$12.54 million operating profit, reversed from a -$55.57 million operating loss in the year-ago period. (UKR) launched 18 new domestic and international scheduled services, including routes from Kiev to Beijing, Minsk, Riga, and Thessaloniki.
“Despite the fact, effective demand of Ukraine's consumers decreased substantially, the (UKR) team makes every effort to boost operations, stimulate passenger demand for air transportation, and expand the geography both in Ukraine and beyond, (UKR) President Yuri Miroshnikov said. (UKR)'s January to September 2015 performance allows us to launch new flights, increase frequencies on a number of routes, and prolong our summertime international flight program from the cities of Ukraine within the period of (IATA) winter schedule 2015 - 2016.”
News Item A-2: Ukraine International (UKR) postponed the launch of Kiev to Ashgabat, scheduled to begin September 21, 2015. Government approval was not obtained. (UKR) will increase Lvov to Bologna summer service to 2x-weekly beginning June 20 with Boeing 737/Embraer E190 airplanes.
News Item A-3: "Ukraine Extends Ban to All Russian Airlines on October 25" by (ATW) Polina Montag-Girme, October 15, 2015.
The Ukrainian State Aviation Administration announced a total ban of all Russian airlines from flying into Ukraine as of October 25, in a back-and-forth political move.
On September 28, Ukraine announced it would ban Russian airlines from flying into Ukraine from October 25. The list included nearly 20 Russian airlines, among them were the biggest carriers such as Aeroflot (ARO) and (S7) Airlines (SBR). The only big airline not included on the Ukrainian list was UTair (TYU), which would have been able to increase its flights to Kiev.
On September 29, Rosaviatsia, in turn, said it will ban Ukrainian airlines from flying into Russia on October 25. Ukrainian authorities said the latest measure was because Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia, “failed to provide a response explaining the reasons for flight limitations for Ukrainian carriers into Russia.”
Belarus’ Minsk-based Belavia (BLV), as well as Latvian Riga-based airBaltic (BAU), will benefit from the situation as they are able to offer transfer flights through their bases between Moscow and Kiev.
November 2015: Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) began 2x-weekly, Kiev to Aktau Boeing 737 service on November 18. (UKR) will increase Odessa - Istanbul to 2x-daily, on January 25 with 737s/Embraer E190s.
(UKR) increases Lvov to Tel Aviv from 4x-weekly to 7x-weekly with Boeing 737s.
December 2015: Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) commenced services between Kharkiv (HRK) and Kutaisi (KUT) on December 18. The 983 km sector will operate 2x-weekly on Tuesdays and Fridays, with flights on the former day being operated by (UKR)’s 737-800s, while the latter will see (UKR) use its 737-500s. Flights on both days will leave the Ukrainian facility at 21:30, arriving into Kutaisi at 02:10 the following morning. The return sector leaves Georgia at 03:10 the next day, landing back in Kharkiv at 04:00. The airport pair faces no direct competition. Kharkiv becomes the 2nd route for Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) from Kutaisi with (UKR) also serving Kiev Boryspil.
March 2016: Ukraine plans to create a state-owned company this year to oversee the country’s airports, according to a government plan.
April 2016: Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) offers 3x-weekly, Kiev to Venice Boeing 737 service for summer 2016.
July 2016: Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) received a new Boeing 737-800 NG airplane, which can accommodate 186 passengers in 2-class seating configuration. The 737-800 passed an official registration procedure in Ukraine and received the (UR-PSR) registration number. (UKR)'s fleet consists of 38 airliners, including 18 Boeing 737 NG airplanes.
September 2016: Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) launched nonstop 2x-weekly Vilnius to Lviv Boeing 737 and Embraer E190 service on September 16 - 17.
October 2016: Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) has completed the transfer over to Amadeus Altea Passenger Service System and (PROS) Origin & Destination Revenue Management System.
(UKR) said the move was necessary to start its ambitious business plan to boost network operations. By 2021, (UKR) expects to enhance its fleet up to 91 airplanes, increase passenger traffic, and carry >20 million travelers annually.
On August 23, (UKR) took delivery of 8 of 9 Boeing 737-800s it plans to take in 2016 as part of its fleet-renewal program. The 9th airplane is scheduled for delivery in early December.
(UKR) said the Amadeus Altea advanced technology solution allows (UKR) to offer passengers diverse fare levels, as well as a vast selection of additional services. Moreover, by migrating to the (PROS) (O&D) cloud platform, (UKR) said it will gain greater and faster access to (PROS)’ ongoing innovations, enabling it to efficiently and consistently expand the value of revenue management solutions across the company.
(UKR) said it is the only carrier in Eastern Europe to simultaneously launch such complicated passenger service and revenue management systems.
November 2016: Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) launched 5x-weekly nonstop Kiev to Dusseldorf service, using Boeing 737 and Embraer E190 aircraft. (UKR) also launched nonstop 2x-weekly Kiev to Colombo Boeing 767-300 services.
January 2017: Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) is aiming to cut -5% from its fuel bill after rolling out "SkyBreathe" fuel management software from French company OpenAirlines.
(UKR) will use SkyBreathe to analyze its daily flight data (including aircraft technical performance, actual flight conditions, weather, airport traffic and maneuvers) to reduce fuel consumption, emissions and costs. “SkyBreathe will help (UKR) make informed decisions quickly and adjust their operations in ways that will accelerate fuel efficiency right from the start,” OpenAirlines (CEO) Alexandre Feray said.
Fuel accounts for up to 40% of airline direct operating costs. In 2016, (UKR) consumed 329,532 tons of fuel and the airline expects to cut its fuel consumption by -1% (or more) within the next 12 months, increasing to -5% over the longer term.
(UKR) flies to >60 destinations and is planning to increase its fleet to >91 airplanes by 2021.
May 2017: Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) has launched its 2nd route to Milan Bergamo (BGY) this week, starting a daily service to the Italian airport from Kiev Boryspil (KBP). Launched May 16, the 1,651 km route will be served daily on a mixture of (UKR)’s 737-800s and E190s.
The link from the Ukrainian capital will not face any direct competition. (UKR) started serving Milan Bergamo on April 28, the day on which it inaugurated a 2x-weekly (Mondays and Saturdays) summer seasonal service from Chernivtsi. Milan Bergamo is the 2nd airport in Milan to be served by Ukraine International Airlines (UKR), as it already offers daily flights from Boryspil to Milan Malpensa.
August 2017: Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) will launch double-daily, Kiev to Eliat, Israel Boeing 737-800 service from October 30.
December 2017: Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) launched 3x-weekly Kiev to Toronto Boeing 767-300 service. (UKR) begins 6x-weekly Kiev to Krakow, Poland Embraer ERJ-145 service on December 26.
(UKR) commenced flights to its 2nd destination in Poland after Warsaw Chopin on December 26, a 789 km link between Kiev Boryspil (KBP) and Krakow (KRK). Initially launched as a 6x-weekly service, the route will increase to a daily rotation from January 8.
(UKR) will operate the route using ERJ-145s which are operated by Dniproavia (UDN). There is no direct competition on the airport pair, with the route having last been flown in November 2011 by Aerosvit Airlines (UKA), a carrier which ceased operations in early 2013.
Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) took delivery of a Boeing 737-8KV (6698-38121, UR-UIA) in December, completing its 2017 fleet expansion program.
February 2018: Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) will launch daily Kiev to Vinnytsia Embraer (EMB) ERJ-145 service from March 25.
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0 737-2T4 (JT8D-17A) (901-22802, /83 UR-GAD), EX-(GUN), (GUI) LSD, RTT (GUI) IN 2002-03, 108Y.
0 737-247 (JT8D-17A HK) (1071-23188, /84 UR-GAC), EX-(DAL), (AFJ) LSD. RTND 2005-05, LST (DHI) 108Y.
0 737-3Y0 (CFM56-3B1), EX-(LAM), (2013-24907, /91), RTND (GUI).
1 737-3YOSF (CFM56-3B2) (1691-24462, /89 UR-FAA), (GEF) LSD 2008-06. FREIGHTER.
1 737-300 (CFM56-3), EX-(DAT)/(EBA).
1 737-32Q (CFM56-3B2) (3105-29130, /99 UR-GAH "MAYRNI"), WITH WINGLETS. 34C, 84Y.
1 737-33R (CFM56-3C1) (2887-28869, /97 UR-GAQ), (BOU) LSD 2005-04. 40C, 84Y.
1 737-36N (CFM56-3C1) (2996-28569, /98 UR-GAN), LEASE INVESTMENT FLIGHT TRUST (LIFT) LSD 2003-03). 42C, 66Y.
0 737-341 (CFM56-3B2) (1637-24275, /88 UR-GAL), (GEF) LSD 2003-01, WET-LST (BPA) 2003-08. RTND. 132Y.
0 737-35B (CFM56-3B2) (1624-24237, /88 UR-GAF; 1626-24238, /88 UR-GAG), EX-(GER), (PEB) 5 YR LSD. 24238 RF (BPA) 1999-11, WET-LST (UKA) 2000-04, TO BE LSD (AGAIN) 2002-01. 24238 WET-LST (BPA) 2002-07. (1624-24237, /88 UR-GAF), RTT (PEB) 2002-10. 24238 RF (BPA) 2002-12. RTND. 132Y.
0 737-4C9 (CFM56-3C1) (2249-26437, /92 UR-GAV), VOLITO AVIATION LSD 2007-03.63C, 104Y.
0 737-4YO (CFM56-3B1) (26069; 26071), RTND (GUI), LST (HGA).
0 737-4YO (CFM56-3C1) (2256-25190, /92 UR-GAM), AIRPLANES GROUP LSD 2003-05. 167Y.
0 737-4YO (CFM56-3C1) (2301-26066, /92 UR-GAX), AERCO GRP LSD 2008-11.32C, 120Y.
0 737-4YO (CFM56-3C1) (2442-26081, /93 UR-GAR), (GEF) LSD 2006-02. RTND. 150Y.
0 737-4Z9 (CFM56-3C1) (2043-25147, /91 UR-GAO, 2004-11; 2432-27094, /93 UR-GAP), EX-(LAL). AERGO CAPITAL LSD. RETIRED 2015-06. 32C, 114Y.
1 737-5YO (CFM56-3B1) (2079-24896, /91 UR-GAW), AERGO CAPITAL LSD 2007-04. WITH WINGLETS. 35C, 69Y.
1 737-5YO (CFM56-3B1) (2211-25182, /92 UR-GAU), AIRPLANE GRP LSD 2006-12. WITH WINGLETS. 28C, 69Y.
1 737-5YO (CFM56-3B1) (2262-25192, /92 UR-GAJ; 2374-26075, /92 UR-GAK - - SEE ATTACHED PHOTO - - "UKR-737-5YO-2008-06"), EX-(ROS), (GEF) LSD 2002-05. 25192; RTND. WITH WINGLETS. 28C, 51Y.
2 737-528 (CFM56-3C1) (2443-25236, /93 UR-GAS; 2464-25237, /93 UR-GAT), EX-(F-GJNK), (TBC) LSD 2006-03. 25236; WET-LST (ADR). WITH WINGLETS. 46C, 42Y.
0 737-529 (CFM56-3) (2111-25218, UR-GAI; 2165-25219, /91), EX-(SAB), (TCI) LSD 2001-08. 25218; RTT (TCI) 2002-12. 25219 RTND.
0 737-529 (CFM56-3) (2296-26537, UR-VVB), (UKA) LSD 2003-09. RTND.
1 737-72Q (CFM56-7B24), 135Y.
8 737-8HX (CFM56-7B26) (2970-29658, /09 UR-PSA - - SEE PHOTO - - "UKR-737-8HX-2009-07;" 3018-29654, /09 UR-PSB; 3182-29662, /10 UR-PSC; 3259-29668, /10 UR-PSD), (CGP) LSD. WITH WINGLETS. 32C, 138Y.
1 737-8KV (CFM56-7B) (6698-38121, UR-UIA), 2017-12. WITH WINGLETS. 32C, 138Y.
1 737-85R (CFM56-7B) (29040, UR-PSH), EX-(VT-JNM), (AWW) LSD 2013-06.
1 737-800 (CFM56-7B), (ALE) LSD. WITH SKY INTERIOR & WINGLETS. 32C, 138Y.
3 737-800 (CFM56-7B) (UR-PSX), 32C, 138Y.
2 737-800NG (CFM56-7B), TWO CLASS, 186 PAX.
4 737-94XER (CFM56-7BE) (36087, UR-PSL, 2013-08 - - SEE PHOTO - - "UKR-737-9XER - 2013-08"), 20C, 159Y.
3 767-322ER (25280, UR-DNM; 25533, UR-GEC; 25536, UR-GED), EX-(N202AC) 2010-04. EX-(UR-AAJ & UR-VVV) 2014-03. WITH WINGLETS. 261 PAX.
0 A320-211 (CFM56-5A1) (027), EX-(ANS), (SIL) LSD 2003-06. RTND.
1 EMBRAER ERJ-145.
5 EMBRAER E190-100STD (0589, UR-EMC; 0602, UR-EMD; 0614, UR-EME), EX-(PT-THT, PT-TIZ, PT-TJW), 2013-07. 140 PAX.
1 FOKKER F 50.
1 AN-24RV (AI-24VT) (47309609, /74 UR-46677), 2002-11. 40Y.
1 AN-148-100B (0101, UR-NTA - - SEE PHOTO - - "UKR-AN-148 - 2011-09"), 2011-09.
2 AN-148-100, EX-(UKA).
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YERVGENY TRESKUNOV, EXECUTIVE VP STRATEGY & DEVELOPMENT.
October 2013 "30-Second Interview" by anna.aero's Amy Hanna:
Yevgeny Treskunov, Executive VP Strategy & Development of Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) considers Istanbul, Moscow and Vienna as Kyiv Boryspil’s nearest airport competitors, “not because of the airports only, but because of the base network carriers who have developed them as their hubs.” Knowing and understanding the competition will be vital for (UKR) over the coming years, as it looks to emulate those hub airlines with its own network of regional and long-haul services, thanks to its fleet expansion plans, from the Ukraine.
anna.aero caught up with Yevgeny Tresnukov at (UKR)’s Kyiv offices during a recent Ukraine special edition grand tour! anna.aero (UKR) has been expanding rapidly in recent months since the collapse of AeroSvit (UKA) in February. What has changed in the last few months?
Yevgeny Treskunov: The collapse of AeroSvit (UKA) has resulted in the disappearance of the dual airline leadership in Ukraine, and (UKR) has become the only number one carrier. We used this unique commercial opportunity to expand our fleet’s capacity and it was also the right time for picking up all of the routes which complemented (UKR)’s network strategy to bring further synergies from additional extra connections.
We have reshaped our schedule with waves of arrivals and departures which have improved connections via Kyiv, as a hub. We are a traditional, national flag carrier, which is developing a network of medium-haul, regional and domestic routes with all flights connecting through our hub in Kyiv Boryspil, and the next step is to introduce long-haul operations (obviously with connectivity to the existing network).
It’s already been proven by us that this model works. Today, we have on average 40% transit traffic via Kyiv. Here we are talking about new passenger flows going from different regions to different regions. We also have had point-to-point customers with us for many years, but in addition, we now have a lot of new customers who like to go from Kyiv to a variety of destinations.
aa: So, your expansion into long-haul, can you please explain that further? What routes do you have in mind and how will the development work?
YT: From our analysis, we see that routes to Asia, like Beijing and Bangkok, with our much better network today, versus what was with AeroSvit (UKA) before, can be very well connected to our network in Kyiv. It is the same with routes to the USA, like New York, and Toronto in Canada. The USA and Canada will provide us with certain (VFR) traffic as there are a number of Ukrainians who left the country in the last century, and their families now live in Canada and the USA and they like to come here to visit their relatives and friends and vice-versa.
And for Asian destinations it's tourism (for example Thailand is very popular with Ukrainians. When it was operated by AeroSvit (UKA), we saw that it was always full, all year-round, regardless of the season).
aa: And when do you plan to launch the first long-haul routes?
YT: Our main target, is to launch a full mix of long-haul routes to the east and west from the summer schedule next year. However, we also consider starting some flights towards the end of the year .
aa: What is the current active fleet and what are the plans for growth in the next 12 - 18 months?
YT: Today we have 37 airplanes, 11 of which are 737 Next Generation (NG)(half of them are brand new aircraft delivered straight from Boeing). We also have 20 737 Classics and plan to replace them with NG airplanes in the next three to four years. We also have five Embraer E190s, which are good for regional traffic development or some medium-haul routes which we are starting where we need smaller equipment for the launch phase. The 100-seaters are also perfect solution when adding frequencies to existing routes. Since September, we have introduced the first 767 into our fleet and the airplane already performed series of flights as part of our 767 implementation program.
Also, Ukraine International (UKR) is very active in both scheduled and charter businesses, so part of our 737 fleet operates for charter, which is very popular in Ukraine, and we have agreements with different tour operators to serve destinations like Turkey or Egypt, and depending on the time of the year, different ski resorts in Europe too. Among the 20 737 Classic airplanes we also have one freighter. So it’s part of our business strategy to develop cargo services, with some scheduled flights to the (EU), and some ad-hoc flights.
aa: And how will you look to adapt your fleet to accommodate long-haul flights?
YT: We are starting with a 767 airplane. We found it is the optimal investment compared to the alternatives for an interim solution. Although our passengers will be able to enjoy brand new seats on 767s, for the long-term we are looking at bigger wide bodies, and by summer 2015, we will have arranged the first new deliveries. It will be either a 777, 787 or an A330 (a final decision is expected in the next few months). We want our product to be competitive with that of the strong and well-established global network carriers. We are all targeting the same transit flows and therefore we need to have the right product in the market and at the right costs, in order to offer competitive prices.
aa: What new routes are you planning to adopt in the next few months? Am I correct in thinking we’ll see routes starting to Tenerife Sur in November, Bangkok in December, and Adler/Sochi next February?
YT: Those you have listed, are mainly charter routes, they are served on the basis of agreements with tour operators. When they order full flights, or purchase blocks of seats, we are happy to operate those routes for them – of course! The continued demand from tour operators has resulted in the extension of our Tenerife summer charter program into the coming winter season.
For now we serve almost all capitals in Western Europe, while in some big European countries, we have more than one destination, for example, in Germany, Italy, and France. With a bigger network offering long-haul flights and having the Embraer airplanes in our fleet, we will consider some regional routes which are good in terms of point to point traffic, but also offer the potential for transit flows.
aa: What’s the directionality like on your international routes?
YT: It is 50-50 split between passengers originating in Ukraine and abroad.
aa: Perhaps on your long-haul routes, you’ll see more directionality from one way than the other (presumably flights to Thailand will be predominantly Ukrainian?)
YT: Particularly for Thailand, the majority will be Ukrainian, but this is subject to our revenue management system, because we have modern software that will allow our commercial team to sell our most profitable ticket. If there is a chance to sell a ticket to a high yield passenger flying out of Thailand to London, and we can sell a flight via Ukraine – then of course we will target this type of passenger.
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