Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) has enhanced its fleet with the arrival of a second Embraer-195 mid-haul jet. The plane, registered in Ukraine as UR-EMF, is the seventh aircraft of the Embraer brand in its fleet and is on operating lease from GECAS.
Configured to accommodate 116 passengers in a two-class cabin layout, Ukraine’s national carrier expects to operate the new arrival across its medium-haul and domestic route network and is scheduled to inaugurate its first commercial flights on May 27.
“This is the second Embraer-195 aircraft to have entered the UIA fleet this year. The results of two months of operations of the first E195 – which joined the UIA fleet in the middle of March – have confirmed the operating efficiency of this type on UIA short-haul and domestic routes,” notes Evgeniya Satska, UIA’s communications director.
“Unfortunately, the delay in the delivery of three Boeing-737 MAX aircraft due to reasons beyond the airline’s control has forced us to revise and optimise the schedule. Some flights were cancelled and frequencies on a number of routes decreased. But the delivery of this [latest] aircraft will allow us to keep faith with our stated schedules and provide punctual and convenient flights for our passengers,” she adds.
This fleet addition mean that the total number of aircraft in UIA’s fleet is now 42 units, consisting of three B777-200ERs, four B767-300ERs, 28 B737NGs, five Embraer-190s and two Embraer-195s.
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