Ukrainian-Mediterranean Airlines

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Ukrainian-Mediterranean Airlines
IATA ICAO Callsign
Ceased operations2018
HubsKyiv International Airport (Zhuliany)
Frequent-flyer programTicket-Bonus
Fleet size1
HeadquartersKyiv, Ukraine
Key peopleRodrigue Merhej (Chairman)

Ukrainian-Mediterranean Airlines (also known as UM Air) (Ukrainian: Українсько-середземноморські авіалінії), Ukrayinsʹko-seredzemnomorsʹki avialiniyi, was an airline based in Kyiv, Ukraine. it ceased operations at 2018.


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.

In 2007, the Ukrainian Air Administration refused to renew UM Air's license because of safety concerns. In September 2007 the European Commission banned Ukrainian-Mediterranean Airlines from operating in the 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]

In 2013, UM Air was one of two Ukrainian airlines that had sanctions imposed against them by the US government. UM Air was accused of supplying British Aerospace BAe 146 series aircraft to Iranian airline Mahan Air and of training Mahan Air pilots and maintenance technicians.[4][5] Mahan Air was itself already under sanction by the US government. UM's owner and Chairman Rodrigue Merhej was also personally placed under sanction.[4][6]


UM Air served the following scheduled destinations as of December 2017:[7]



Current fleet[edit]

UM Air McDonnell Douglas MD-83

The UM Air fleet consisted of the following aircraft (as of September 2016):[8][9]

UM Air fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Passengers Notes
McDonnell Douglas MD-83 1 172 Stored
Total 1

Previously operated[edit]

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

Accidents and incidents[edit]


  1. ^ Black list of banned airlines: the European Commission adopts new measures. Press Release, 11 September 2007
  2. ^ List of banned E.U. air carriers
  3. ^ Three Ukrainian airlines regain right to conduct flights to EU, Kyiv Post (27 November 2009)
  4. ^ a b Hemmerdinger, John (5 June 2013). "US slaps sanctions on airlines suspected of aiding terrorism". Flight International. Retrieved 12 May 2015.
  5. ^ "Fleet details for UM Air BAe 146 series aircraft". Retrieved 12 May 2015.
  6. ^ Gladstone, Rick (31 May 2013). "U.S. Targets Iran's Petrochemical Industry". The New York Times. Retrieved 12 May 2015.
  7. ^ retrieved 21 June 2018
  8. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2016 (Part Two)". Airliner World (November 2016): 35.
  9. ^ "На чем летают украинцы: возраст флота авиакомпаний Украины". Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i UM Airlines at retrieved 12 May 2015
  11. ^ "UM Airlines Antonov An-24 aircraft". Retrieved 12 May 2015.
  12. ^ "UM Airlines Tupolev Tu-134 aircraft". Retrieved 12 May 2015.
  13. ^ "UM Airlines Tupolev Tu-154 aircraft". Retrieved 12 May 2015.
  14. ^ a b Accident description for Yakovlev Yak-42D registration UR-42352 at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 12 May 2015.

External links[edit]

Media related to UM Air at Wikimedia Commons