Ukraine’s UIA Receives Brand-New Boeing 737-800

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Ukraine International Airlines (UIA), the country’s flag carrier, has taken delivery of another single-aisle Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The airframe, registration code UR-PSW, was ferried directly from the manufacturing plant in Seattle.

The airliner seats 186 passengers in a two-class cabin layout. It is the 39th airframe in the company’s fleet. The aircraft is to begin revenue services later this month.

Earlier in 2017, UIA received a pre-owned Boeing 737-800 (UR-PSV). The carrier says it expects to take delivery of three more -800s in 2017. This indicates a new adjustment to the airline’s fleet expansion plans: it initially aimed to receive nine aircraft this year, then reduced the number to six.

Two pre-owned Boeings are to be delivered in April. Another factory new -800 delivery (to be registered as UR-PSZ) is expected in November, in time for UIA’s 25 years of operation. In parallel, the carrier is planning to phase out two of its Boeing 737-500s.

The new delivery brings the average UIA fleet age from 12.5 years as of early 2017 to 12.1 years.

Of the nine airliner delivered in 2016, only one Boeing 737-800 is brand-new. The average age of the 2016 deliveries stands at 10 years; that of the airframes to be received throughout 2017 will not exceed six years.

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Apart from 23 Boeing 737NG aircraft, whose average age stands at 8.9 years, UIA also operates 737 Classics, Boeing 767s, and Embraer E190s. A total of 11 airliners in the carrier’s fleet, including the latest delivery, were received straight from the factory. These include one 737-300 (received in 1999), four 737-800s (2009 and 2010), two 737-900ERs (2013), and two E190s (2013).