The aircraft fleet of the airline company Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) will reduce by approximately 25% in 2014. The airline company’s head Yurii Miroshnikov announced this to CAPA, avianews.com reports.
According to him, the airline company’s fleet will reduce because of the end of its wet lease agreements, the return of aircraft to lessors earlier than expected, and the return of aircraft under the contracts that ended this year.
UIA intends to withdraw only Boeing 737 aircraft of the previous generation Classic from its fleet. Twelve Boeing 737 NG aircraft and five Embraer 190 regional aircraft will remain in the fleet. Delivery of additional Boeing 737-800 and Boeing 737-900 aircraft has been postponed, according to CAPA.
The UIA was able to increase its network and passenger traffic significantly in 2013 thanks to the departure of the AeroSvit airline company from the market. The number of the carrier’s passengers increased by about 60% last year.