EUROPE & CIS: Ukraine Int’l Cargo eyes second freighter

Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) reported a 20 per cent increase in cargo tonnage in June, transporting 779 tonnes during the month, and says it expects this trend to continue based on network expansion, the addition of larger capacity passenger aircraft, as well as plans to add a second freighter to its fleet. The airline has […]


Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) reported a 20 per cent increase in cargo tonnage in June, transporting 779 tonnes during the month, and says it expects this trend to continue based on network expansion, the addition of larger capacity passenger aircraft, as well as plans to add a second freighter to its fleet. The airline has taken delivery of four B737-800 passenger aircraft in 2009/10, boosting cargo capacity to four tonnes per flight. These are being used on UIA’s routes linking Kiev with Alma-Ata, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Tbilisi, Tel Aviv, Rome, Barcelona and Lisbon. UIA Cargo also operates a Boeing 757SF-300 freighter between Kiev, Vienna and Liege with 18.3 tonnes of capacity and is working to add a second all-cargo aircraft to its fleet. UIA’s fleet of 19 B737 aircraft operates some 450 flights a week.

“Based on our performance in the first six months of the year, we are very optimistic for the rest of 2010,” said Peter Kukharchuk, UIA’s director, Cargo & Mail. “We have an extremely strong network in Europe, supported by our global GSA partner European Cargo Services (ECS), that is served by regular freighter and lower deck cargo capacity and one of our main objectives is to continually promote our growing network to freight forwarders. Over the next 12 months we plan to develop our freighter services and UIA Cargo’s main hub at Kiev’s Borispol Airport.”