Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) will begin operating Boeing 777 airliners in January next year. The head of the airline’s supervisory board Aron Mayberg announced this during an online conference at the press center of on Thursday.

"We will start operating Boeing 777 aircraft, which will be used for long-haul flights, in January," he said.

As announced earlier, UIA plans to take delivery of four Boeing 777 aircrafts within a period of four months in 2018.

This information has been confirmed by Pavlo Riabikin, the general director of the airport Boryspil, where UIA is based. "We expect growth from our base carrier, which has a very ambitious plan to expand its fleet by at least four more wide-body airliners next year," Riabikin said in May this year.

In November 2016, UIA’s Commercial Vice President Serhii Fomenko spoke about the airline's plans to double the number of long-haul aircraft in its fleet in five years. UIA currently has four Boeing 767-300ER aircraft.

Previously, UIA expected to take delivery of a Boeing 777 aircraft in 2017.

The airline took delivery of the fourth of five new-generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft, with which it plans to replenish its aircraft fleet in 2017, in early June.

The airliner was the 42nd in UIA’s fleet.