Atlasjet Airlines (Turkey) plans to operate 15 new Airbus aircraft in Ukraine, where it plans to launch the operation of its subsidiary Atlasjet Ukraine (Lvov) despite lawsuits. The Interfax Ukraine news agency reported this, citing Andrii Huk, a senior lawyer with the Marchenko Danevych law firm, who represented Atlasjet Ukraine in court.
Atlasjet has concluded a preliminary agreement with Airbus for purchase of 30 aircraft worth USD 3 billion at list prices. "According to the owners of Atlasjet, it plans to use 15 of these aircraft in Ukraine," he said.
According Huk, the District Administrative Court of Kiev ruled on November 6 that Atlasjet Ukraine should be stripped of all its airline routes based on a lawsuit filed by Ukraine International Airlines. "Despite the fact that the judges had recused themselves from the case, the new panel of judges included a judge that made decisions in our lawsuit against the head of the State Aviation Service. As a result, a decision was made to strip the company of its routes," said the lawyer.
According to him, Atlasjet Ukraine will file an appeal after preparation of the full text of the court decision.
Atlasjet Ukraine was founded in September 2013. Its founders are the Atlasjet Havacilik AS (Turkey), AIS Group Ukraine (Lvov), and the individuals Volodymyr Kuzmyi, Maria Rozhkova, and Serhii Podhorodetskyi.
Atlasjet Ukraine planned to begin flights to/from Ukraine on September 15, 2014: domestic flights from Kiev to Lvov and Odessa, international flights from Kiev, Lvov, Kharkov, and Odessa to Istanbul, as well as Odessa-Tel Aviv flights.