Ukraine International Airlines borrows an A330 from WindRose
Ukraine International Airlines is getting ready to start operating an Airbus A330, the first aircraft of the type in Ukraine’s national carrier’s fleet. The widebody aircraft is provided by another Ukrainian carrier, WindRose, avianews.com reports. Citing UIA’s press-secretary Evgeniya Satskaya the media resource writes that the aircraft will operate flights to Bangkok and Tel-Aviv.
The aircraft in question has tail number UR-WRQ and was built in 1999. Until recently it was operated on a wet leasing program in Pakistan. According to Flightradar24 the aircraft with such tail number made its last flight on November 5 from Lahor (Pakistan) to Kyiv under WindRose Airlines code. UIA’s flights to Bangkok and Tel-Aviv are still operated on a Boeing 767 and Boeing 737, respectively. According to UIA’s reservation system, the A330’s first flight to Bangkok is planned for November 9. There’s no such data on Tel-Aviv flight yet.
According to the airline’s spokesperson the aircraft is fitted with 321 seats, with 21 seat in premium economy and 300 in economy class. UIA doesn’t rule out that the premium economy class may be transformed into business class, by decreasing the number of seats affording more space between them.
UIA plans to continue operating WindRose’s A330 until April 5, 2017. Ukraine’s largest carrier currently operates a fleet of 30 Boeing 737s, four 767s and five regional Embraer E190 aircraft.
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