AeroSvit Ukrainian Airlines has taken delivery of its first Boeing 737-800 jetliner.
The Ukrainian carrier has a total of seven Boeing 737-800 jets and four 737-900ERs on order from Boeing.
“Delivery of the first Next Generation 737 out of 11 airplanes that we have arranged to deliver marks the beginning of our airline’s narrow body fleet renewal,” said Gregory Gurtovoy, chairman of the supervisory board of AeroSvit Ukrainian Airlines.
“Execution of this large-scale program will help AeroSvit to increase our operating efficiency and offer passengers unprecedented comfort levels provided by the Boeing Sky Interior that will be introduced for the first time in Ukraine,” added Gurtovoy.
All of AeroSvit’s Boeing 737-800s are being delivered with the new Boeing Sky Interior, which offers features such as spacious headroom, overhead bins that disappear into the ceiling yet carry more bags and LED lighting that brings any color into the cabin.
AeroSvit Ukrainian Airlines was established in 1994 and has its hub at Kyiv’s Boryspil International Airport (IATA code KBP). AeroSvit operates 80 international routes to 34 countries, as well as services to major regional cities in Ukraine.
Kyiv-based AeroSvit has been a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) since 1996 and the Association of European Airlines since 2008.
Boeing says the airline was among the first carriers in Eastern Europe to satisfy IOSA requirements (IATA Operational Safety Audit) and every second year confirms its safety standards through independent IOSA audits, the last one being in in 2011.
AeroSvit operates a mixed fleet which includes three Airbus A320-200s (flown by subsidiary Donbassaero); three 737-300s (one operated by subsidiary Dniproavia); five 737-400s; eight 737-500s, three of which are flown by Dniproavia; nine Boeing 767-300ERs; and one Saab 340A, operated for AeroSvit by MRK Airlines. Subsidiary Dniproavia has also ordered 10 Embraer 190s.