UM Airlines

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UM Airlines
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1998; 20 years ago (1998)
Hubs Kyiv International Airport (Zhuliany)
Frequent-flyer program Ticket-Bonus
Fleet size 1
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 (Ukrainian: Українсько-середземноморські авіалінії, Ukrayinsʹko-сeredzemnomorsʹki avialiniyi, 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.

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]

In 2013 UM Airlines was one of two Ukrainian airlines that had sanctions imposed against them by the US government. UM Airlines was accused of supplying British Aerospace BAe 146 series aircraft to Iranian airline Mahan Air and of training Mahan Air pilots and maintenance technicians. 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][5]


UM Airlines operates the following destinations (as of June 2017):



UM Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-83
Former UM Airlines McDonnell Douglas DC-9 wearing hybrid colors of its previous owner Finnair
Former UM Airlines Airbus A320-200

Current fleet[edit]

The UM Airlines fleet comprises the following aircraft (as of September 2016):[6][7]

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

Previously operated[edit]

The Avro RJ/BAe 146 aircraft in UM's fleet (ten in all) were supplied to Iranian airline Mahan Air, leading to US government sanctions.[4][13]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

On 26 May 2003 a UM Yakovlev Yak-42D operating as UM Airlines Flight 4230 crashed near Maçka, Trabzon (Turkey) while carrying 62 Spanish troops from Afghanistan to Zaragoza Air Base. All 75 on board died.[12]


  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. ^ Gladstone, Rick (31 May 2013). "U.S. Targets Iran's Petrochemical Industry". The New York Times. Retrieved 12 May 2015. 
  6. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2016 (Part Two)". Airliner World (November 2016): 35. 
  7. ^ "На чем летают украинцы: возраст флота авиакомпаний Украины". Retrieved 3 July 2017. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i UM Airlines at retrieved 12 May 2015
  9. ^ "UM Airlines Antonov An-24 aircraft". Retrieved 12 May 2015. 
  10. ^ "UM Airlines Tupolev Tu-134 aircraft". Retrieved 12 May 2015. 
  11. ^ "UM Airlines Tupolev Tu-154 aircraft". Retrieved 12 May 2015. 
  12. ^ a b Accident description for Yakovlev Yak-42D registration UR-42352 at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 12 May 2015.
  13. ^ "Fleet details for UM Airlines BAe 146 series aircraft". Retrieved 12 May 2015. 

External links[edit]

Media related to UM Air at Wikimedia Commons