All-Boeing fleet of Ukraine’s SkyUp reaches 10 aircraft
The young airline has accomplished its 2019 fleet strategy by doubling the number of its Boeing 737NGs
Ukrainian airline SkyUp has taken delivery of another Boeing 737NG, its final addition for this year. The latest Boeing 737-900ER arrived at the airline’s Kyiv Boryspil base on December 12.
By doubling the number of its Boeing 737NGs to 10 aircraft, the start-up hybrid-model carrier has thus completed its 2019 fleet expansion plan and now operates two Boeing 737-700s, two -900ERs and six -800s.
The latest addition, a 2008-produced CFM56-7B-powered B737-900ER, with registration UR-SQJ (MSN 35225), is the largest and longest-range aircraft in SkyUp’s fleet and was previously operated by the now defunct Indian carrier Jet Airways. Prior to changing hands, the aircraft’s cabin was configured with 215 passenger seats, it received a new paint scheme and was retrofitted with Split Scimitar winglets. The Ukrainian airline has installed winglets on all of its aircraft to help it reduce fuel burn costs, increase range. All its aircraft also feature new passenger seats, and these are due to be installed on UR-SQJ early next year.
The fleet plan for 2020 is to bring the number of aircraft up to 14, by adding two new Boeing 737 MAX-8s and two used Boeing 737-900ERs.
In November 2019, SkyUp Airlines carried 173,209 passengers on 1,105 flights, of which 553 were scheduled and 532 charters. In the first 11 months of this year a total of 1.54 million passengers chose the Ukrainian airline for their travel needs.
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