Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) took delivery of another Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft, which is the ninth aircraft of this model in its fleet, on 25 November. This is latest expansion and upgrade of the airline’s aircraft fleet in 2016, the airline said.

The 186-seat aircraft was manufactured in 2009. It has already undergone official registration in Ukraine and received the registration number UR-PSU.

The aircraft will be operated in a two-class cabin layout on all the airline’s medium-haul routes. Commercial operation of the aircraft was scheduled to begin on the Kyiv-Kharkiv-Kyiv route on 28 November.

According to UIA’s corporate press secretary Yevhenia Satska, the airline will continue to upgrade its aircraft fleet in 2017 and take delivery of the next aircraft in January

In total, the airline has added nine Boeing 737 NG aircraft to its fleet in 2016, including a new aircraft that was delivered directly from the Boeing plant in Seattle. At the same time, the airline has decommissioned three Boeing 737 aircraft of the "classic" series, thus achieving a net increase of its fleet by six Boeing 737 NG aircraft.

Currently, UIA has a fleet of 39 aircraft, including 21 Boeing 737 NG with an average age of 8.4 years. Two Boeing 737-500 aircraft registered to UIA have been decommissioned and placed in storage pending their return to the leasing companies.