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Formed in 2008 and started operations in 2009. Domestic, regional & international, scheduled & charter, passenger & cargo jet airplane services.
6 Sosyury Street, Floor 3
Kiev 02090, Ukraine, 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.
October 2009: UTAir Ukraine (UTN) received its Air Operators Cerificate (AOC).
ATR 42-300 (0386, UR-UTB), delivery, ex-(VP-BLQ).
May 2010: 737-4Q8 (25377, UR-UTG), (ILF) leased, ex-(EI-ELP).
October 2011: UTAir Ukraine (UTN) is a Ukrainian subsidiary of UTAir (TYU) operating services from Lugansk to Kharkov and Nikolayev, and from Kiev to Moscow Vnukovo and Nikolayev. Charter flights are operated to Antalya,Hurghada, and Sharm el-Sheikh, in cooperation with tour operator Anex Tour.
(IATA) Code: QU. (ICAO) Code: UTN.
Main Base: Lugansk Airport (VSG).
April 2012: UTAir Ukraine (UTN) has taken delivery of its 1st ATR 72-500 (994, UR-UTH) on April 25. It plans to add another 4 ATR 72-500s as part of the order placed earlier by parent UTair (TYU) and will also lease 3 Bombardier CRJ-200s to launch new routes within Ukraine and between Ukraine and Russia.
June 2012: UTAir Ukraine (UTN) has added a 1st Bombardier CRJ-200 (7122, UR-UTY) to its fleet that has been transferred from parent UTair (TYU). The airplane currently operates a daily service between Donetsk (DOK) and Moscow Vnukovo International (VKO).
July 2012: UTair Ukraine (UTN) commenced services between Donetsk (DOK) in eastern Ukraine and Tbilisi (TBS), the capital of Georgia, on July 26. Flights will operate 2x-weekly (Thursdays and Sundays) using a mix of (UTN)’s CRJ200s and ATR 72s. (TAV) Georgia’s General Manager, Mete Erkal expressed his appreciation in relation to UTair Ukraine (UTN)’s new flights from Donetsk and said: “I am confident that these flights will not only create added value for Georgia in terms of civil aviation but also facilitate the deepening of the relationships between Georgia and Ukraine. The entry of each new company to Georgia’s aviation market is another clear example of how tourism and aviation sectors are developing in Georgia.” Competition on the route is provided by Aerosvit (UKA), which operates weekly flights using an ERJ during the summer months.
March 2013: UTair Ukraine (UTN) inaugurated flights on the 1,500 km route from Kharkov (HRK) to Baku (GYD) on March 15th. The 2nd-largest city in the Ukraine is now connected to the Azeri capital with weekly CRJ200-operated services.
(UTN) continued its growth, as it added services from Kiev Zhulyany (IEV) to Vilnius (VNO) on March 23rd. 3x-weekly services are now offered on the 600 km route and operated using ATR 72-500s. Onward connections to destinations such as Odessa, Lviv, Donetsk, Kharkiv, Lugansk and Tbilisi, are available. Moreover, (UTN) plans to add a second route to Vilnius in June, from Simferopol.
UTair Ukraine (UTN) followed Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) and Wizz Air (WZZ) as the next beneficiary of AeroSvit (UKA)’s recent demise. On March 1st, (UKN) inaugurated daily flights from its Kiev Zhulyany (IEV) base to both St Petersburg (LED) and Tbilisi (TBS). The 2 destinations had previously been served with at least daily frequencies by the now defunct Ukrainian carrier. While there is no direct competition on the Russian route, Rossiya Airlines (SDM) and Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) serve St Petersburg from Kiev Borispol, with 9x- and 7x-weekly frequencies, respectively. Georgian Airlines (GEI) offer 3x-weekly services on the route from Kiev Zhulyany to Tbilisi, and a further 11 weekly departures are provided by Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) from Kiev Borispol.
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.
May 2013: Several Ukrainian carriers (including Wizz Air Ukraine (WAU), UTair-Ukraine (UTN), and Air Onix (ONX)) have received permission to operate routes in Ukraine and Russia.
June 2013: UTair-Ukraine (UTN) has taken delivery of its 3rd 737-800. It will replace 1 737-400, which will be returned to International Lease Finance Corporation (ILF) this month.
This year, (UTN) plans to double the number of passengers, increasing traffic from nearly 500,000 in 2012 to one million in 2013. According to the Ukraine’s aviation authorities, total airline traffic in the country fell -19.3% during the 1st 3 months of 2013 compared to the year-ago period. However, UTair-Ukraine (UTN) passenger numbers have been increasing despite the trend. Earlier this spring, UTair (TYU) delivered 3 Bombardier CRJ200s to its Ukrainian subsidiary to cope with growing traffic.
(UTN)’s fleet also includes 5 ATR 72s and ATR 42s, though UTair-Ukraine (UTN) operates only 2 ATR 42s. (CEO) Yury Blazhenkov said the ATR 42s’ considerable age make their operations inefficient. (UTN) uses 737-800s mostly on leisure routes connecting Ukraine with Turkey and Egypt, while other types operate flights on domestic routes and between Ukraine and Russia.
January 2014: 737-524 (27532, UR-UTS), ex-(VP-BFS) delivery.
February 2014: Route Network Update for UTair-Ukraine (UTN):
UTair-Ukraine ((IATA) Code: QU, based at Lugansk) (UTN) network changes:
New route: Lvov - Moscow Vnukovo has recently been launched.
New route: Moscow Vnukovo - Lvov has recently been launched.
UTair-Ukraine (UTN) currently operates 14 airplanes, and serves 4 countries, 10 destinations, 12 routes and 31 daily flights.
April 2014: UTair Ukraine ((IATA) Code QU, based at Lugansk) (UTN) has suspended some of its domestic Ukrainian services and several regional routes in the wake of ongoing tensions between the former Soviet state and Russia over the latter's seizure of the Crimea.
Among the routes affected since March 29 are: Kiev Zhulyany to Kharkov and Lugansk. The UTair ((IATA) Code UT, based at Khanty-Mansiysk) (TYU) subsidiary has also suspended its Kiev Zhulyany to St Petersburg and Kharkov to Yerevan and Baku services.
Dniproavia ((IATA) Code: Z6, based at Dnepropetrovsk) (UDN) has also adapted its schedule to the situation postponing the launch of its Dnepropetrovsk to Istanbul Atatürk, Tbilisi, Batumi and Baku flights as well as its Kiev Zhulyany to Sevastopol service to the end of April. Flights from Moscow to Sevastopol and Ivano-Frankovsk have also been postponed to the end of April.
May 2014: 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.
December 2014: Ukraine’s State Aviation Administration has banned several Russian and Ukrainian airlines on the Moscow - Dnepropetrovsk route from December 1 for safety reasons. The affected airlines are Russia’s Aeroflot (ARO), Transaero (TRX), UTair (TYU) and UTair-Ukraine (UTN) and Dniproavia (UDN).
Aeroflot (ARO) had planned to re-launch Moscow - Dnepropetrovsk service from December 1. (ARO) was supposed to start daily service to Dnepropetrovsk, as well as 2x-daily service to Kharkiv. However, Aeroflot (ARO) had to change plans for both routes due to the latest ban. The Russian flag carrier has also been prohibited from re-launching the Kharkiv route.
Aeroflot (ARO) ceased several Ukrainian routes after Malaysia Airlines (MAS) MH17, a Boeing 777-200ER, was shot down over Ukraine by a surface-to-air missile July 17, while on a scheduled flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. All 298 on board were killed. (ARO) also ceased flights to Donetsk and Odessa.
According to Interfax-Ukraine, Ukrainian authorities do not have information on a possible ban for Aeroflot (ARO)’s Moscow - Odessa flights. Flights to Donetsk are currently impossible, as the airport in the city was totally destroyed.
February 2015: (PIA) - Pakistan International Airlines ((IATA) Code: PK, based at Karachi International) has reportedly leased 2 ATR 72-500 airplanes from (ABRIC) Leasing. The 2 airplanes (994 & 1029), are currently registered as (UR-UTH & UR-UTJ) and were formerly in service with UTair-Ukraine ((IATA) Code: QU, based at Lugansk) (UTN). Both turboprops are currently undergoing pre-delivery maintenance checks at Toulouse Francazal.
(PIA) already operates 6 ATR 42-500s on domestic services throughout Pakistan and regionally to Kabul, Muscat, and Sharjah.
March 2015: UTair-Ukraine ((IATA) Code: QU, based at Kiev Borispol) (UTN) has retired its last remaining 737-500 (27532, UR-UTS) having been cancelled from the Ukrainian register.
The move leaves the UTair (TYU) subsidiary with only 3 737-800s and follows a fleet reduction plan aimed at reorienting the company away from the scheduled services market towards the charter sector. UTair-Ukraine (UTN) ended domestic Ukrainian operations in December last year resulting in the return of its 5 ATR 72-500s to Avions de Transport Régional (Toulouse Blagnac).
UTair (TYU) continues to serve Kiev Borispol and Lvov from Moscow Vnukovo using its own fleet of 737-500s.
October 2015: Atlasjet Ukraine and UTair Ukraine (UTN) airlines have asked Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia, for permission to launch services between Russia and Ukraine in the (IATA) winter season 2015/2016. Atlasjet Ukraine wants to start Kiev - Moscow, Odessa - Moscow and Kiev - Moscow services, while UTair Ukraine (UTN) plans to perform Kiev - Moscow and Lviv - Moscow routes.
Russia’s authorities said they are ready to meet representatives of the Ukrainian State Aviation Administration to discuss the possibility of further airline service development between the countries. The official letter was sent on October 16. The head of the Ukrainian Ministry of Infrastructure Alexey Pivovarskiy confirmed the authorities have received the letter.
Rosaviatsia indicated in the statement, that flights between the countries are ceasing from October 25, 2015, due to the Ukrainian ban on Russian airlines. At the end of September, Ukraine announced an airline sanctions list that banned nearly all of Russia’s significant carriers, except UTair Airline (TYU), from flying into Ukraine. In turn, Russia’s aviation authorities banned Ukrainian airlines from flying into Russia. Later, Ukraine decided to ban all the Russian carriers, including UTair (TYU).
December 2015: UTair Ukraine (UTN) acquired by Turkish tourism company, Anex Tourism Group.
March 2016: Ukraine plans to create a state-owned company this year to oversee the country’s airports, according to a government plan.
October 2016: Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) will increase Kiev - Amman Boeing 737 service up to 5x-weekly from October 30. The 4th frequency will be introduced December 2 and 3 (departure from Kiev and Amman, respectively), while the 5th will launch December 12 and 13 (departure from Kiev and Amman, respectively).
January 2017: CRJ200LR (7121, UR-UTZ), (N791ST) is assigned, at Cologne since 11/13.