Ukraine International Airlines

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Ukraine International Airlines (UIA)
Міжнародні Авіалінії України (МАУ)
Ukraine International Airlines Logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1 October 1992
Hubs Boryspil International Airport
Frequent-flyer program Panorama Club
Fleet size 32
Destinations 80
Parent company Capital Investment Project LLC (74%)
Headquarters Kiev, Ukraine
Key people Yuri Miroshnikov, President[2]

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,[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 United States[5] and Asia.


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 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%)[6][7]

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).[8] On 25 April 2014, UIA began non-stop flights from Kiev to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City.[9]

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.[10]

Due to the ongoing Ukraine crisis UIA was banned by Moscow from flying to Russian destinations from October 2015.[11]


Countries served by Ukraine International Airlines

UIA connects Ukraine to over 40 destinations in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, as well as to New York City,[9] 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 (as of November 2015):


Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800
Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 767-300ER

The Ukraine International Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft as of January 2016:[12][13]

Ukraine International Airlines Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y+ Y Total
Boeing 737-300 3 var. var. 135 Being retired out of fleet by 2017.
Boeing 737-500 6 var. var. 112 to be retired and replaced by Boeing 737-800/900ER.
Boeing 737-800 9 7 var. var. 186 The carrier plan to operate up to 25 737-800/900ER aircraft by 2017.
Boeing 737-900ER 1
Boeing 767-300ER 4 1 12 38 211 261 1 due from Transaero.
Embraer E190 5 12 92 104
Embraer E195 5 TBD TBD TBD TBD
Ukraine International Airlines Cargo Fleet
Boeing 737-300F 1 Maximum payload: 19 tonnes.
Total 32

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