ECS Group helps Ukraine Airlines celebrate 25 years of operations

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Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) is celebrating its 25th anniversary with new routes and fleet upgrades on the way for 2018.

The airline, which operates out of Kiev-Boryspil Airport, operates 1,100 international and domestic flights per week and will further expand services and implement e-business and digitalisation strategies in 2018.

In 2016, UIA Cargo carried 11,127,284 kilogrammes of cargo including food, seafood, flowers, medical products and equipment, animals, machine components, spare parts, clothes and valuables across its network.

UIA director of cargo & mail, Peter Kukharchuk says: “Currently, we are significantly expanding our capacities: In 2018, we will add four new B777-200ER aircraft to our fleet, which will operate the route to Israel and replace the B767-300 on routes to the US, China, and Thailand.

“There will also be new, additional services to India, Egypt, and Canada. And the available space for cargo and mail on our PAX services will increase by 39 % compared to 2017.”

He says part of the ongoing success has been due to its long standing partnership with its GSSA, ECS Group.

Kukharchuk says: “However, our ongoing success is also partly due to our longstanding partnership with ECS Group, one of the largest integrated GSSAs worldwide.

“With its competent and dynamic workforce and its large network of offices and subsidiaries in more than 47 countries, ECS Group has significantly contributed to the healthy growth of our international business.”

The airline was one of the first Ukrainian joint ventures involving foreign investors, starting operations on 25 November 1992 with flights from Kiev to London, with cargo services starting on 13 November 1994 on routes to London and Amsterdam.

Kukharchuk comments: “I am looking forward to further strengthen the reputation of UIA as one of the world’s leading providers of premium air transportation services.”