Tue, Apr 22, 2008
Expands Eastern European Outfit's Sphere Of Operations
International Airlines announced this week it recently signed a
contract to lease one Boeing 737-300SF freighter aircraft from GE
Commercial Aviation Services (GECAS). UIA is the first customer in
Ukraine to add the 737-300SF freighter to its fleet. This aircraft
is the freighter version of one of the best-selling and popular
commercial passenger aircraft in the world today and represents a
big increase in UIA's freight carrying capacity.
The aircraft will be delivered to UIA and will start commercial
flights in June 2008. The aircraft will be equipped with a ULD
(Unit Load Device) compartment allowing large quantities of cargo
to be packed onto specially designed pallets, thereby saving time
and effort and providing better traceability of cargo.
The aircraft has an overall cargo payload capacity of 20,000 kg
and due to its highly advanced technology is capable of carrying a
wider variety of cargos than was possible using older aircraft.
These include the usual mail and courier loads, as well as
specialized loads including perishables items; live animals; bulky
and oversized items; and hazardous materials.
With this addition, UIA's air freight transportation network is
being expanded to include the Liege Airport hub and Eastbound
"This is a significant step toward enhancing the UIA cargo fleet
and transportation services within our renewed Cargo Solutions
Portfolio," said Peter Kukharchuk, UIA Logistics and Cargo
Director. "The 737-300SF freighter will be a tremendous addition --
it is a very fuel efficient, environmentally friendly aircraft
which will provide lower operating and maintenance costs compared
to the older types of aircraft used in the past."
"Ukraine's economy is growing and the need for high quality
cargo services is on the rise," said Richard Creagh, UIA Deputy
President. "The addition of this new aircraft reaffirms our
leadership position on the local market and allows us to be the
premier provider of guaranteed, mission-critical, and 'scheduled
overnight' services to a large number of destinations. We are
currently in negotiations with possible partner companies to
further expand our air freight transportation network and to offer
new and innovative products to our customers."
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