Ukraine International Airlines
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|Founded||1 October 1992|
|Hubs||Boryspil International Airport|
|Frequent-flyer program||Panorama Club|
|Alliance||Ukrainian Aviation Group|
|Parent company||Privat Group|
|Key people||Yuriy Myroshnikov - President, Sergiy Fomenko - Executive Vice President (Commerce) |
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, with its head office in Kyiv. It operates domestic and international passenger flights and cargo services to Europe, Middle East, the United States and Asia. Its main base is Boryspil International Airport.
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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 an Boeing737-200 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%)
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, from its base at Boryspil Airport, as well as operates domestic flights within Ukraine (Kyiv, Lviv, Kharkiv, Donetsk (suspended), Dnipropetrovsk, Odessa, Simferopol, and Ivano-Frankivsk). 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.
In 2013, UIA launched 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.
Ukraine International Airlines had codeshare agreements with the following airlines (as of September 2013):
- Air France (SkyTeam)
- Alitalia (SkyTeam)
- Austrian Airlines (Star Alliance)
- Azerbaijan Airlines
- Brussels Airlines (Star Alliance)
- Iberia (Oneworld)
- KLM (SkyTeam)
- S7 Airlines (Oneworld)
- Swiss International Air Lines (Star Alliance)
- TAP Portugal (Star Alliance)
- Turkish Airlines (Star Alliance)
The Ukraine International Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft as of April 2014 :
|Ukraine International Airlines Fleet|
|Ukraine International Airlines Cargo Fleet|
|Boeing 737-300F||1||—||Maximum payload 19 tonnes|
UIA's frequent-flyer program, the "Panorama Club", offers customers to earn miles for taking flights, as well as for hotel stays, car rentals, shopping, mobile communications or banking services. Members may redeem miles for discounts, award tickets, class upgrades, enjoy additional free checked baggage allowance and other Classic or Premium membership advantages and benefits.
Distinctions and special projects
- The UIA facilitates the annual Hasids pilgrimage to the city of Uman by serving seasonal charter flights from Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport to Vinnytsia Havryshivka Airport and special offers for pilgrims from elsewhere in the world.
- On the 2001 Papal visit to Ukraine, UIA was the official carrier of Pope John Paul II.
- In 2008, UIA was an official carrier for Patriarch Bartholomew I.
- "Ukraine International Airlines."
- "Contact Ukraine International Airlines." Ukraine International Airlines. Retrieved on 21 June 2010. "ADDRESS: UKRAINE INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES 201-203, Kharkivske Road, Kiev, 02121, Ukraine"
- "UIA now under control of Cyprus based Ontobet Promotions". ch-aviation. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
- "List of shareholders of UIA (in Ukrainian)". Ukrainian state register of shareholders. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
- МАУ похвасталась ростом пассажиропотока и планами начать полеты в США. Korrespondent.net (in Ukrainian). UNIAN. 26 July 2013. Retrieved 15 September 2013.
- "UIA opened ticket sales for Kiev – New York non-stop scheduled service". Ukraine International Airlines. Retrieved 2014-02-23.
- Notice for passengers
- Вінниця - Тель-Авів - Вінниця. Vinnytsia Airport (in Ukrainian). 2012-06-25. Retrieved 15 September 2013.
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