Ukraine International Airlines

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Ukraine International Airlines (UIA)
Міжнародні Авіалінії України (МАУ)
Ukraine International Airlines Logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
PS[1] AUI UKRAINE INTERNATIONAL
Founded 1 October 1992
Hubs Boryspil International Airport
Frequent-flyer program Panorama Club
Fleet size 38
Destinations 80
Parent company Capital Investment Project LLC (74%)
Headquarters Kiev, Ukraine
Key people Yuri Miroshnikov, President[2]
Website flyuia.com

Ukraine International Airlines (UIA), PJSC (Ukrainian: Приватне акціонерне товариство «Авіакомпанія Міжнародні Авіалінії України» (МАУ), Aviakompaniya Mizhnarodni Avialiniyi Ukrayiny, [ˌɑwijɑkɔmˈpɑɲijɑ miʒnɑˈrɔdɲi ˌɑwijɑˈʎiɲiji ukrɑˈjɪnɪ]) is the flag carrier and the largest airline of Ukraine,[3] with its head office in Kiev[4] with its main hub at Boryspil International Airport. It operates domestic and international passenger flights and cargo services to Europe, the Middle East, the US[5] and Asia.

History[edit]

Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-500 preparing to depart Istanbul Atatürk International Airport.
UIA's planes at Terminal D, Kyiv Boryspil International Airport

The airline was established on 1 October 1992, and started operations on 25 November 1992 with a Kiev-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 737-400 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 287 million UAH ($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%)[6][7]

The owners are represented by Aron Mayberg, a business partner of Igor Kolomoyski and the former CEO of the bankrupt AeroSvit-airlines, from which partially licences and planes were transferred to Ukraine International Airlines.[8]

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 planned to achieve the same 2013 yearly results (i.e. to reach yearly traffic of 4,400,000).[9] On 25 April 2014, UIA began non-stop flights from Kiev to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City.[10]

In 2013, due to the demise of competitor Aerosvit, UIA launched new flights 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, Moscow (Sheremetyevo Airport), 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.[11]

In October 2015 UIA was banned by Russian government from flying to Russian destinations as a response to a ban by Ukrainian government of Russian airlines from flying into Ukraine.[12]

Like lowcost-carriers UIA doesn't offer free catering on board excepting a free glass of water. However, passengers may order prepaid meals.[13]

Since June 2016 most international flights of UIA are sold with the basic "handluggage-only-tariff". If passengers are booking this tariff and want to check in luggage, fees up to 60 USD per flight will be charged. [14]

In summer 2016 UIA wetleases an EMB 145 of Dniproavia (also of the group "Privat") for daily services to Czernivtsi - CWC (because the condition of the airport doesn't allow E-190 and B737-operations) [15]

At 14.06.2016 the offices of UIA were searched because of an investigation of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine concerning not paid passenger fees to State Aviation Fund.[16]

The ownership-structure per 22/6/2016 is registered as following: 74,1627% Capital Investment Project, Ukraine and 15,9108% Ontobet Promotions Ltd, Cyprus.[17]

Destinations[edit]

Countries served by Ukraine International Airlines in 2012

UIA connects Ukraine to over 70 destinations in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, as well as to New York City,[10] from its base at Boryspil Airport, and also operates domestic flights. 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 has codeshare agreements with the following airlines:[18]

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 November 2016:[19][20]

Ukraine International Airlines Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y+ Y Total
Airbus A330-200 1
21
300
321
Wet-leased from Windrose Airlines.
Operated from November 5th, 2016 to April 5th, 2017.[21]
Boeing 737-300 3 var.

var.
148
132
148
To be retired by 2018.
Boeing 737-500 3 var. var. 111
112
To be retired by 2018
Boeing 737-800 17 2 var.

var.
189
186
189
Boeing 737-900ER 4 20

159
215
189
215
Boeing 767-300ER 4 12 38 211 261
Embraer E190 5 12 92 104
Ukraine International Airlines Cargo Fleet
Boeing 737-300F 1 Maximum payload: 19 tonnes.
Total 38 2

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "IATA - Airline and Airport Code Search". iata.org. Retrieved 11 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "UIA Management Team - Ukraine International Airlines (UIA)". Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "Ukraine International Airlines."
  4. ^ "Contact Ukraine International Airlines." Ukraine International Airlines. Retrieved on 21 June 2010. "ADDRESS: UKRAINE INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES 201-203, Kharkivske Road, Kiev, 02121, Ukraine"
  5. ^ "Ukraine International Airlines launches direct Kyiv–New York flights". KyivPost. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "UIA now under control of Cyprus based Ontobet Promotions". ch-aviation. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "List of shareholders of UIA (in Ukrainian)". Ukrainian state register of shareholders. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  8. ^ http://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/private/person.asp?personId=51663044&privcapId=27721200&previousCapId=27721200&previousTitle=AeroSvit%20Airlines,%20CJSC
  9. ^ МАУ похвасталась ростом пассажиропотока и планами начать полеты в США. Korrespondent.net (in Ukrainian). UNIAN. 26 July 2013. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "UIA opened ticket sales for Kiev – New York non-stop scheduled service". Ukraine International Airlines. Retrieved 2014-02-23. 
  11. ^ [1] Archived 29 April 2014 at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/oct/25/russia-and-ukraine-suspend-direct-flights-between-countries
  13. ^ http://www.flyuia.com/eng/information-and-services/in-flight/inflight-meals.html
  14. ^ http://www.flyuia.com/eng/company/ukraine-international-airlines/press/news/1658.html?news=2879&category=1
  15. ^ http://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/47241-ukraine-intl-airlines-to-wet-lease-an-erj-145-this-summer
  16. ^ http://www.kyivpost.com/article/content/ukraine-politics/one-airline-fights-to-retain-pre-eminence-in-ukraine-416501.html
  17. ^ http://www.smida.gov.ua/db/participant/14348681
  18. ^ "Profile on Ukraine International Airlines". CAPA. Centre for Aviation. Archived from the original on 2016-11-03. Retrieved 2016-11-03. 
  19. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-07. 
  20. ^ "Ukraine International Airlines Fleet Details and History". Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  21. ^ "МАУ задействует дальнемагистральный Airbus A330 на своих рейсах". Retrieved 31 October 2016. 

External links[edit]

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