UM Airlines

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UM Airlines
Founded 1998
Hubs Boryspil International Airport
Frequent-flyer program Ticket-Bonus
Fleet size 2
Destinations 6
Company slogan Welcome to the new world - A world of discovery and diversity
Headquarters Kiev, Ukraine
Key people Rodrigue Merhej (Chairman)
UM Airlines Airbus A320, Hanover, 2005

UM Airlines (Ukrainian: Українсько-середземноморські авіалінії, Ukrayinsʹko-сeredzemnomorsʹki аvialiniyi, also known as Ukrainian - Mediterranean Airlines or UM Air) is an airline based in Kiev, Ukraine. It operates services to the CIS countries and the Middle East.


The airline was established by Lebanese businessmen in 1998 and began operations in June, 2000. It was founded as an open-end joint stock company. In 2003 UM Air had over 500 employees and carried 210,000 passengers. The airline now has 640 staff. The airline operated Airbus A320 airliners in the past. In 2007, the Ukrainian Air Administration refused to renew UM Airlines' license because of safety concerns. In September, 2007 the European Commission banned Ukrainian-Mediterranean Airlines from operating in airspace over the European Union citing safety issues.[1] This meant that it was banned for safety reasons from operating services of any kind within the European Union.[2] In November 2009, the airline was allowed to resume operations with its McDonnell Douglas MD-83 aircraft by the European Commission.[3]

Incidents and accidents[edit]

On 26 May 2003 a UM Yak-42D crashed near Maçka, Trabzon (Turkey) while carrying 62 Spanish troops from Afghanistan to Zaragoza Air Base. All 75 on board died. At the time, the Spanish presence in the ISAF missions was being disputed among the Spanish politicians. There were accusations of the Ministry of Defence hiring cheap unairworthy aircraft. The scandal damaged the image of minister Federico Trillo. Furthermore, in 2004 it was revealed that the corpse identification in the Turkish mountains was rushed and several bodies were delivered to the wrong relatives.


UM Airlines operates the following services (as of April 2015):


Terminated destinations[edit]

 Bosnia and Herzegovina


UM Airlines McDonnell Douglas DC-9 wearing hybrid colors of its previous owner - Finnair

The UM Airlines fleet includes the following aircraft (as of June 2014):

UM Airlines Fleet [4][5][6]
Aircraft Total Passengers Notes
J Y Total
McDonnell Douglas MD-82 1 165 172
McDonnell Douglas MD-83 1 165 172


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