Ukraine International Airlines

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Ukraine International Airlines (UIA)
Міжнародні Авіалінії України (МАУ)
Ukraine International Airlines Logo.svg
IATA
PS
ICAO
AUI
Callsign
UKRAINE INTERNATIONAL
Founded 1 October 1992
Hubs Boryspil International Airport
Frequent-flyer program Panorama Club
Fleet size 33
Destinations 75
Parent company Privat Group
Headquarters Kyiv, Ukraine
Key people Yuriy Myroshnikov, President[1]
Website flyuia.com

Ukraine International Airlines (UIA), CJSC (Ukrainian: Приватне акціонерне товариство «Авіакомпанія Міжнародні Авіалінії України» (МАУ), Aviakompaniya Mizhnarodni Avialiniyi Ukrayiny, [ˌɑwijɑkɔmˈpɑɲijɑ miʒnɑˈrɔdni ˌɑwijɑˈʎiɲiji ukrɑˈjɪnɪ]) is the flag carrier and the largest airline of Ukraine,[2] with its head office in Kyiv[3] and its main hub at Boryspil International Airport. It operates domestic and international passenger flights and cargo services to Europe, Middle East, the United States[4] and Asia.

History[edit]

The airline was established on 1 October 1992, and started operations on 25 November 1992 with a Kyiv-London flight. It was one of the first "joint ventures with foreign capital" in Ukraine and the first airline in the former Soviet Union to use new Boeing 737 aircraft. The founding shareholders were the Ukrainian Association of Civil Aviation and Guinness Peat Aviation (GPA), an Irish aircraft-leasing company. In 1996, Austrian Airlines and Swissair became shareholders, investing US$9 million in new equity.

The airline began cargo operations with a Boeing 737-200 aircraft on 13 November 1994 to London and Amsterdam, and today operates a Boeing 737-300F as a dedicated aircraft for freight operations.

In 2000, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development became a shareholder by investing $5.4 million. In 2006 UIA adopted a new classification system for freight operations[clarification needed] which allowed the airline to carry a wider range of goods, ranging from live animals to fresh food and valuable objects. Additionally, an express service was introduced to meet the needs of customers wishing to make use of expedited cargo delivery services.

In February 2011, the Ukrainian government sold its 61,6% stake in UIA to three existing minority shareholders for Hr.287 million ($36.2 million). As of 26 July 2013, the airline was owned by Ukraine-based Capital Investment Project LLC (74%) and Cyprus-based Ontobet Promotions Limited (26%)[5][6]

In the first half of 2013, the airline's traffic rose by 60% to 2,200,000 passengers. According to the company's president Yuriy Myroshnikov, the UIA plans to achieve the same 2013 yearly results (i.e. to reach yearly traffic of 4,400,000).[7] On 25 April 2014, UIA began non-stop flights from Kiev to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City, USA.[8]

In 2013, UIA expanded its network due to the demise of competitor Aerosvit and started its new services from Ukraine to Baku in Azerbaijan, Yerevan in Armenia, Larnaca in Cyprus, Munich in Germany, Warsaw in Poland, Vilnius in Lithuania, Prague in the Czech Republic, Athens in Greece, Batumi in Georgia, Sheremetyevo, Yekaterinburg, Saint Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Nizhnevartovsk, Novosibirsk, Rostov-on-Don, and Sochi in Russia, Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan, and in 2014, New York City in The United States.[9]

Destinations[edit]

Countries served by Ukraine International Airlines

UIA connects Ukraine to over 40 capitals and key cities of Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, as well as to New York City in the United States,[8] from its base at Boryspil Airport, and also operates domestic flights within Ukraine. UIA serves over 700 flights per week and provides connections with its international partners’ flights to more than 3,000 other destinations across the world.

Codeshare agreements[edit]

Ukraine International Airlines had codeshare agreements with the following airlines as of September 2013:

Fleet[edit]

Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800
Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 767-300ER

The Ukraine International Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft as of February 2015:[10][11]

Ukraine International Airlines Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y+ Y Total
Boeing 737-300 3 var. var. 135
Boeing 737-400 1 var. var. 162
Boeing 737-500 7 var. var. 112
Boeing 737-800 8 var. var. 186
Boeing 737-900ER 1
3
20
var.
159
var.
189
215
Boeing 767-300ER 4 12 35 239 286
Embraer E-190 5 12 92 104
Ukraine International Airlines Cargo Fleet
Boeing 737-300F 1 Maximum payload 19 tonnes
Total 33

Trivia[edit]

  • On the 2001 Papal visit to Ukraine, UIA was the official carrier of Pope John Paul II.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

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