Saturday, March 17, 2018, Ukraine International Airlines enhanced its fleet with another brand new Boeing 737-800 Next Generation aircraft that arrived at Kiev Boryspil International Airport from Boeing facilities in Seattle.
The aircraft passed an official registration procedure in Ukraine and received the UR-UIC number. The aircraft accommodates 186 passengers in two-class seating configuration. UIA expects to operate the new Boeing 737-800 NG across its medium-haul route network. The UR-UIC is scheduled to operate its first commercial flight between Kiev and Lviv on March 20. UIA expects to receive the next brand new Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft, UR-UIВ, in late March.
“We keep renewing our medium-haul fleet and are glad that one of three brand new aircraft, which UIA expects to receive from Boeing facilities, is currently being put into operation, – noted Evgeniya Satska, UIA Communications Director. – In 2018, our fleet will be enhanced with 4 Boeing-737 NGs, three of them will arrive right off the assembly line. Our team is committed to upgrading our aviation product through fleet rejuvenation.”
In 2018, UIA expects to receive 10 aircraft: 4 wide-body long-haul Boeing-777s, one of them is already in operation, 4 medium-haul Boeing 737-800 NGs, and 2 Embraer 195. This year, UIA will fully decommission Boeing 737 Classic aircraft.
UIA operates 41 aircraft including 28 medium haul Boeing 737 NG aircraft with the average age of 9.4 years. Currently, UIA fleet’s average age amounts to 11.5 years.