SkyUp, a new Ukrainian airline, intends to expand its fleet of aircraft to 12 within five years. The airline, the establishment of which was officially announced in Kyiv on December 14, will begin operation with four aircraft, the CFTS correspondent of reports. SkyUp plans to buy a Boeing 737 Max in the future. All the aircraft will be leased.

"At the beginning, we will have a fleet of four Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft. We will increase our fleet in the future, including by adding new Boeing 737 Max aircraft. We plan to acquire these aircraft in 2-3 years," said Yevhen Khainatskyi, the general director of the SkyUp airline. He did not specify the number Boeing 737 Max aircraft the airline intends to acquire.

The airline’s first four aircraft will be of the 2001, 2002, and 2011 models.

The number of the airline’s aircraft should increase to six in 2016, eight in 2020, and 10 in 2021.

As the CFTS reported, the airline will begin operation in April, performing charter flights. It will perform charter flights from Kyiv, Kharkiv, Lviv, and Odesa to 16 destinations, including Antalya, Bodrum, Dalaman, Sharm-el-Sheikh, Hurghada, Burgas, Rimini, Tirana, Varna, Larnaca, Tivat, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Tenerife, and Dubai.

SkyUp plans to start performing domestic flights in May or June. Initially, it plans to perform Kyiv-Odesa, Kharkiv-Odesa, and Lviv-Odesa flights.

Later, it plans to begin performing international regular flights to Dubai, Larnaca, and Barcelona.

The SkyUp Airlines limited liability company was registered in Kyiv in June 2017. It was founded by ACS-Ukraine LLC, which also owns the JoinUp tour operator.