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SkyUp Airlines
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IATA ICAO Callsign
Commenced operations21 May 2018 (2018-05-21)
Operating bases
Fleet size11

SkyUp Airlines LLC is a Ukrainian charter and low-cost airline, which began its operation in May 2018.[3]


In 2016, SkyUp became a registered company in Kiev, Ukraine. On 14 December 2017, Minister of Infrastructure Volodymyr Omelyan announced the launch of a new national private air carrier named SkyUp Airlines. The main shareholders of the company were ACS-Ukraine Ltd, Tetyana Alba and Yuri Alba, who also owned the tour operator Join UP!, which was expected to cooperate with the airline to provide charter flights for holiday packages.[4]

Ukraine evacuating Ukrainian and foreign citizens from Wuhan

Plans for the first year included concentrating on international charter flights to popular summer destinations, as well as scheduled flights within Ukraine and to several international destinations. Tickets sales were set to begin in April 2018. SkyUp also intends to cooperate with Ukraine International Airlines.[5]

The company started operations on 21 May 2018 with a flight from Kyiv-Zhuliany to Sharm El Sheikh.[6]

On 20 February 2020, one of the airline's planes was chartered by the Ukrainian government to evacuate citizens from Wuhan during the COVID-19 pandemic.[7]


At its launch the airline intended to operate charter flights from both Kiev-Boryspil and Kiev-Zhuliany, as well as Kharkiv, Lviv, Odessa and other cities in Ukraine to a total of sixteen destinations: Alicante, Antalya, Barcelona, Bodrum, Burgas, Dalaman, Dubai, Hurghada, Larnaca, Palma de Mallorca, Nice, Rimini, Sharm El Sheikh, Tenerife, Tivat, Tel Aviv and Varna.[8] Following the launch of the charter operations, the airline planned to commence domestic services from Odessa to Kiev, Kharkiv and Lviv in late May or early June 2018. The airline also intended to operate international services from Kiev to Barcelona, Dubai and Larnaca.[5][8]

In February 2019, the airline announced it would be moving its main base from the Zhuliany to Boryspil from the beginning on the summer schedule. The airline said that the decision to change the home airport was made due to restrictions on the operation of aircraft at Zhuliany Airport.[9]


As of October 2019, SkyUp Airlines operates the following aircraft:[10]

SkyUp Airlines fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
Boeing 737-700 2 149 One in the livery of FC Shakhtar[11]
Boeing 737-800 6 189
Boeing 737-900ER 3 1 215 Two more to be acquired[12]
Boeing 737 MAX 8 4[13] TBA Grounded until further notice
Boeing 737 MAX 10 3[13] TBA Grounded until further notice
Total 11 8

In March 2018, SkyUp Airlines and Boeing finalised a firm order for the purchase of two Boeing 737 8 MAX and three Boeing 737 MAX 10 due to be delivered in 2023. Additionally the airline has the option to purchase another five aircraft.[13][14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ukraine's SkyUp launches Kharkiv base, mulls Cherkasy". 6 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Ukraine's SkyUp Airlines opens up Zaporozhye base". 18 November 2019.
  3. ^ "SkyUp". 24 March 2018. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  4. ^ "From Kiev to Odessa for 500 UAH - in March 2018, Ukrainian Lowestoft SkyUp will work". 28 December 2017. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Ukraine's SkyUp to launch in April 2018". 15 December 2017. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Ukrainian Airline SkyUp Performs First Flight". 23 May 2018. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  7. ^
  8. ^ a b "New airline SkyUp to start operating from April 2018". 14 December 2018. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Ukraine's SkyUP to move from Zhuliany to Boryspil Airport". 28 February 2019.
  10. ^ "OUR FLEET".
  11. ^ (2019-04-09). "Шахтер показал самолет в фирменной ливрее в цветах клуба". Retrieved 2019-07-27.
  12. ^ "Ukraine's SkyUp Airlines to add B737-900s". 2019-09-23. Retrieved 2019-09-23.
  13. ^ a b c "Ukraine's SkyUp orders 5+5 B737 MAX; to launch in early 2Q18". 21 March 2018. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  14. ^ "Boeing, SkyUp Airlines Finalize Order for Five 737 MAX Airplanes". 20 March 2018. Retrieved 24 March 2018.

External links[edit]

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