Ukraine Worldwide Airways PJSC, typically shortened to UIA (Ukrainian: Авіакомпанія Міжнародні Авіалінії України, romanized: Aviakompaniya Mizhnarodni Avialiniyi Ukrayiny, IPA: [ˌɑwijɐkomˈpɑn⁽ʲ⁾ijɐ miʒnɐˈrɔdn⁽ʲ⁾i ˌɑwijɐˈl⁽ʲ⁾in⁽ʲ⁾iji ʊkrɐˈjinɪ]), is the flag provider and the most important airline of Ukraine, with its head workplace in Kyiv and its fundamental hub at Kyiv’s Boryspil Worldwide Airport. It operates home and worldwide passenger flights and cargo providers to Europe, the Center East, america, Canada, and Asia.
Early historical past
Established[by whom?] on 1 October 1992, the airline began operations on 25 November 1992 with a Kyiv-London flight. It turned one of many first “joint ventures with international capital” in Ukraine and the primary airline within the former Soviet Union to make use of new Boeing 737-400 plane. The founding shareholders have been the Ukrainian Affiliation of Civil Aviation and Guinness Peat Aviation (GPA), an Irish aircraft-leasing firm.
The airline started cargo operations with a Boeing 737-200 plane on 13 November 1994 to London and Amsterdam.
In 1996, Austrian Airways and Swissair turned shareholders, investing US$9 million in new fairness.
In 2000, the European Financial institution for Reconstruction and Improvement turned a shareholder by investing $5.4 million. In 2006, UIA adopted a brand new classification-system for freight operations[clarification needed] which allowed the airline to hold a wider vary of products, starting from reside animals to contemporary meals and useful objects. Moreover, an categorical service was launched to fulfill the wants of consumers wishing to utilize expedited cargo-delivery providers.
Developments since 2013
Within the first half of 2013, the airline’s site visitors rose by 60% to 2,200,000 passengers. In keeping with the corporate’s president Yuri Miroshnikov, the UIA deliberate to realize the identical 2013 yearly outcomes (i.e. to succeed in yearly site visitors of 4,400,000). On 25 April 2014, UIA started continuous flights from Kyiv to John F. Kennedy Worldwide Airport in New York Metropolis. Additionally in 2013, as a result of 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 within 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 Metropolis in america.
In October 2015, UIA was banned by Russian authorities from flying to Russian locations as a response to a ban by Ukrainian authorities of Russian airways from flying into Ukraine.
Since June 2016, most of UIA’s worldwide flights are bought with the essential “hand luggage-only tariff”. If passengers are reserving this tariff and need to examine in baggage, charges as much as US$60 per flight shall be charged. Additionally since summer season 2016 UIA wetleases an ERJ 145 from Dniproavia (additionally of the group “Privat”) for day by day providers to Chernivtsi (as a result of the situation of the airport does not enable E-190 and B737-operations)
On 14 June 2016, the workplaces of UIA have been searched due to an investigation of the Nationwide Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine regarding passenger charges not paid to the State Aviation Fund.
In March 2018, Ukraine Worldwide introduced a fleet modernization plan. Whereas the primary of three pre-owned Boeing 777-200ER had already been delivered, the airline expects a number of new Boeing 737 and Embraer 195 plane through the 12 months to switch the final Boeing 737 Classics.
Ukraine Worldwide ceased being a member of the Flying Blue rewards programme as of 1 January 2019. Ukraine Worldwide Airways informs in regards to the delay of 22 flights, which has occurred within the night of 29 January at Boryspil Airport. The delays have been attributable to the failure in refueling plane with aviation gasoline. UIA will proceed to jot down losses with roughly 50m USD for 2019 and due to this fact applied saving measures in response to the brand new CEO.
In February 2011, the Ukrainian authorities bought its 61.6% stake in UIA to a few present minority shareholders for UAH 287 million (US$36.2 million). As of 26 July 2013, the airline was owned by Ukraine-based Capital Funding Mission LLC (74%) and Cyprus-based Ontobet Promotions Restricted (26%). Capital Funding Course of, in flip, is owned by Ontobet. The homeowners are represented by Aron Mayberg, a enterprise companion of Igor Kolomoyskyi and the previous CEO of the bankrupt AeroSvit Airways, from which partially licences and planes have been transferred to Ukraine Worldwide Airways.
As of 22 June 2016, the possession construction is registered as the next: 74.1627% Capital Funding Mission, Ukraine and 15.9108% Ontobet Promotions Ltd, Cyprus.
That is the second 12 months in a row that the corporate has made a loss, regardless of seeing progress in passengers. In keeping with a February assertion by firm head Yuri Miroshnikov, UIA is struggling to remain worthwhile within the face of rising competitors from price range airways. In 2017, the corporate recorded a UAH 304 million loss.
Ukraine Worldwide Airways posted a web lack of virtually UAH 2.7 billion (about $100 million) in 2018, or about 9 instances greater than it misplaced in 2017, Ukrainian media reported on 25 March, citing a UIA investor report.
Ukraine Worldwide Airways (UIA), the nation’s nationwide provider, is to decelerate its growth plans so as to stabilise its monetary efficiency and climb out of the pink.
Yuri Miroshnikov is stepping down as president of Ukraine Worldwide Airways (UIA) on 12 September after 15 years of managing Ukraine’s nationwide provider and dealing for UIA since 1993. Evgeny Dykhne will tackle the management position at UIA from 18 September 2019.
The top of the state air site visitors regulator of Ukraine said at 8.11.2019 that UIA would owe them truly 1 billion UAH of not paid charges and penalties.
UIA connects Ukraine to over 80 locations in Europe, Asia and the Center East, in addition to to New York Metropolis and Toronto from its base at Boryspil Airport, and likewise operates home flights. UIA serves over 1000 flights per week.
Ukraine Worldwide Airways (UIA) was compelled to make some involuntary modifications to its summer season 2019 flight schedules, with lowered frequencies and capability on some chosen routes. Though not formally a price range airline, lots of UIA’s worldwide flights are standard with travellers due to its low fares, they use Boryspil Worldwide Airport as a transport hub.
On account of ongoing losses, the airline suspended flights to Amman, Riga, Beijing and Minsk in November 2019. From 2020, flights to Bangkok and Krakow may even be suspended.
Ukraine Worldwide Airways has codeshare agreements with the next airways:
As of July 2020[update], the Ukraine Worldwide Airways fleet consists of the next plane:
Accidents and incidents
- On Eight January 2020, Ukraine Worldwide Airways Flight 752 was shot down by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) of Iran shortly after takeoff from Tehran Imam Khomeini Worldwide Airport. The IRGC attributed it to human error. The plane concerned, UR-PSR, was a three-year-old Boeing 737-800. There have been 176 passengers and crew on board with no survivors. The crash was the primary deadly aviation incident for Ukraine Worldwide Airways since starting operations in 1992.
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