Ukrainian Anda Air starts operations

Anda Air to start charter operations on October 22 Anda Air to start charter operations on October 22 (Photo by Kyiv Igor Sikorsky Airport)

A start-up Ukrainian carrier Anda Air has made its first test flight.

On October 15 Anda Air flew from Kyiv to Marsa Alam in Egypt, reported the carrier’s base airport, Kyiv’s Igor Sikorsky Airport, formerly known as Zhulyany.

Commercial flights to this destination launched jointly with the local Feerie travel agency will be operated once a week, on Sundays, starting October 23. Along with the designation for Egypt, received in late September, the carrier got approval for flying to Jordan.

Within its charter program to Jordan, starting October 22 until January 14, Anda Air will operate a weekly flight to Akaba. It may be extended as long as there is sufficient demand. Feerie is the carrier’s partner on this project as well.

Both routes will be served by the carrier’s only aircraft so far, a 167-seat MD-83. The aircraft with tail number UR-CPB was built in 1993. Commenting on the choice of the aircraft Anda Air’s general director Serhiy Shemenko said: “This aircraft can land at any Ukrainian airport, and it is reliable. It is one of the first aircraft, which received Ukrainian type certificate. We love it – it is simple and robust.”

The airline plans to introduce one or two aircraft in spring, to be able to launch new charter routes. Further fleet expansion will depend on demand. The airline’s management earlier mentioned plans to start operations of Boeing 737-400 and Boeing 737-800.

Next year Anda Air intends to start flying to Montenegro and Bulgaria. Other destinations are also being considered, with Turkey and Croatia being the most promising ones. The carrier is also negotiating with the airport of Kryvyi Rih, in Ukraine’s Dnipropetrovsk region, regarding launching regular flights, including to international destinations, within the next couple of years.

Anda Air was founded at the end of last year and received approval for passenger transportation this September. Besides the MD-83 the carrier’s air operator certificate includes a Hawker Beechcraft Premier 1A business jet with tail number UR-NST.

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