Ukraine International Airlines

Ukraine International Airlines (UIA)
Міжнародні Авіалінії України (МАУ)
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1 October 1992
Hubs Boryspil International Airport
Frequent-flyer program Panorama Club
Fleet size 45
Destinations 88
Parent company Capital Investment Project LLC (74%)
Headquarters Kiev, Ukraine
Key people Yuri Miroshnikov, President[2]

Ukraine International Airlines PJSC, often shortended to UIA (Ukrainian: Авіакомпанія Міжнародні Авіалінії України, Aviakompaniya Mizhnarodni Avialiniyi Ukrayiny, [ˌɑwijɑkɔmˈpɑnʲijɑ miʒnɑˈrɔdnʲi ˌɑwijɑˈlʲinʲiji 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 outside Kiev. It operates domestic and international passenger flights and cargo services to Europe, the Middle East, the United States,[5] Canada,[6] and Asia.


Early history

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 $9 million USD 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 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.

Developments since 2013

In the first half of 2013, the airline's traffic rose by 60% to 2,200,000 passengers. According to the company's president Yuri Myroshnikov, the UIA planned to achieve the same 2013 yearly results (i.e. to reach yearly traffic of 4,400,000).[7] On 25 April 2014, UIA began non-stop flights from Kiev to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City.[8] Also 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.[9]

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.[10]

Since June 2016 most of UIA's international flights are sold with the basic "hand luggage-only tariff". If passengers are booking this tariff and want to check in luggage, fees up to USD 60 per flight will be charged.[11] Also since summer 2016 UIA wetleases an ERJ 145 from Dniproavia (also of the group "Privat") for daily services to Chernivtsi (because the condition of the airport doesn't allow E-190 and B737-operations) [12]

On 14 June 2016 the offices of UIA were searched because of an investigation of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine concerning passenger fees not paid to the State Aviation Fund.[13]

As of 22 June 2016, the ownership structure is registered as the following: 74.1627% Capital Investment Project, Ukraine and 15.9108% Ontobet Promotions Ltd, Cyprus.[14]

In March 2018, Ukraine International announced a fleet modernisation plan. While the first of four pre-owned Boeing 777-200ER had already been delivered, the airline expects several new Boeing 737 and Embraer 195 aircraft during the year to replace the last Boeing 737 Classics.[15]

Corporate affairs

In February 2011, the Ukrainian government sold its 61.6% stake in UIA to three existing minority shareholders for UAH 287 million  (USD 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%)[16][17] The owners are represented by Aron Mayberg, a business partner of Igor Kolomoyskyi and the former CEO of the bankrupt AeroSvit Airlines, from which partially licences and planes were transferred to Ukraine International Airlines.[18]


UIA connects Ukraine to over 80 destinations in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, as well as to New York City[19] and Toronto[20] from its base at Boryspil Airport, and also operates domestic flights. UIA serves over 1000 flights per week.[21]

Codeshare agreements

Ukraine International Airlines has codeshare agreements with the following airlines:[22]


The Ukraine International Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft as of June 2018:[25]

Ukraine International Airlines Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y+ Y Total
Boeing 737-300 2 var. var. 132 To be retired during 2018[26]
148 148
Boeing 737-500 1 var. var. 112 To be retired during 2018[26]
Boeing 737-800 26 3 var. var. 186
Boeing 737-900ER 4 var. 159 189
215 215
Boeing 767-300ER 4 12 38 211 261 To be phased out from 2019 until 2020[27]
Boeing 777-200ER 3 1 21 16 324 361 Deliveries since February 2018[28][29][30]
Embraer 190 5 2 8 96 104
Embraer 195 6
Deliveries to begin in 2018[31]
Total 45 8

See also


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  2. "UIA Management Team - Ukraine International Airlines (UIA)". Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  3. "Ukraine International Airlines."
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  6. Liu, Jim (29 November 2017). "Ukraine International plans Toronto launch in June 2018". Routesonline. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  7. МАУ похвасталась ростом пассажиропотока и планами начать полеты в США. (in Ukrainian). UNIAN. 26 July 2013. Retrieved 15 September 2013.
  8. "UIA opened ticket sales for Kiev – New York non-stop scheduled service". Ukraine International Airlines. Retrieved 2014-02-23.
  9. Archived 29 April 2014 at the Wayback Machine.
  10. Kiev, Agence France-Presse in (25 October 2015). "Russia and Ukraine suspend direct flights between countries". the Guardian.
  11. "Official site of UIA – Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) (Ukraine)". FlyUIA.
  12. "Ukraine Int'l Airlines to wet-lease an ERJ-145 this summer".
  13. "One airline fights to retain pre-eminence in Ukraine - Jun. 16, 2016". 16 June 2016.
  15. - Ukraine International Airlines adjusts 2018 fleet expansion plans 22 March 2018
  16. "UIA now under control of Cyprus based Ontobet Promotions". ch-aviation. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
  17. "List of shareholders of UIA (in Ukrainian)". Ukrainian state register of shareholders. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
  18. "Aron Mayberg: Executive Profile & Biography - Bloomberg".
  19. "Ukraine International Airlines launches direct Kyiv–New York flights". KyivPost. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  20. Liu, Jim (29 November 2017). "Ukraine International plans Toronto launch in June 2018". Routesonline. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  21. "Информация о МАУ - Ukraine International Airlines (UIA)". Retrieved 2017-07-27.
  22. "Profile on Ukraine International Airlines". CAPA. Centre for Aviation. Archived from the original on 2016-11-03. Retrieved 2016-11-03.
  23. Liu, Jim (10 November 2017). "TAP Air Portugal / Ukraine International expands codeshare routes in W17". Routesonline. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  24. Liu, Jim (22 March 2018). "TAP Air Portugal expands Ukraine International codeshare in S18". Routesonline. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  25. "UIA Fleet – Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) (Ukraine)". FlyUIA.
  26. 1 2 "Ukraine International Airlines to replace 737 Classics".
  27. "МАУ перестанет летать на Boeing 737 Classic в 2018 году -".
  28. "В сети появилось фото первого Boeing 777 в ливрее МАУ".
  29. "HL7596 | Boeing 777-28E(ER) | Ukraine International Airlines | AIRSHI | JetPhotos". JetPhotos. Retrieved 2017-10-28.
  30. "Новые салоны в Boeing 777 МАУ: что ожидать пассажирам".
  31. "Ukraine Int'l Airlines to add six EMB-195s by 2020". ch-aviation. 2018-02-24.

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