Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) has postponed the launch of Kiev-Beijing flights, which were scheduled to begin this summer, by one year, the CFTS reports.

UIA’s Executive Vice President for Commerce Serhii Fomenko said during the ceremonial launch of Kiev-New York flights that UIA made this decision because it was unable to obtain permission to fly from the Chinese authorities for a long time and the economic and political situations in Ukraine significantly reduced demand for such flights after the permit was granted.

He also clarified that the company obtained the permission from China in late February.

UIA previously announced plans to take delivery of 4-6 Boeing 767 aircraft for the launch of flights to Beijing, New York, Bangkok, and the Dominican Republic. The company may add Boeing 777, Boeing 787, or Airbus 330 aircraft to its fleet of long-haul aircraft in the future.