Continuing to conquer the skies: where do Ukrainian airlines fly during the war?
Three major Ukrainian airlines continue to operate international flights despite restrictions in Ukraine's airspace caused by the military conflict. Find out more about which airlines continue to operate abroad, serving passengers to different destinations
Since the beginning of the full-scale war in Ukraine, the airspace for civil aviation has been closed. However, a number of Ukrainian airlines continue to operate international flights abroad. This was reported by avianews.com.
Here are three airlines that continue to operate in the airspace of neighboring countries.
Where and on what do Ukrainian airlines fly?
Today, three major Ukrainian airlines - SkyUp, Windrose, and the former Azur Air Ukraine, now known as Skyline Express - continue to provide passenger transportation outside of Ukraine.
Today, SkyUp is the largest airline in Ukraine in terms of the number of aircraft in its fleet, which includes nine aircraft.
The company operates two Boeing 737-700s and seven Boeing 737-800s. Among them, the airline's fleet includes two Boeing 737-800s, one of which burned down at Khartoum Airport during the events in Sudan, and the condition of the second remains unknown.
SkyUp operates flights to various destinations and cooperates with various airlines. The company also operates flights under its own call signs.
In September 2023, SkyUp provided charter flights for airlines such as Turkish Tailwind Airlines, Dutch Corendon Dutch Airlines, Moldovan HiSky, and Egyptian FlyEgypt, transporting tourists from various European cities to resorts in Europe, Turkey, and Egypt.
In addition, SkyUp operated regular flights on behalf of Tunisia's national carrier Tunisair, and also transported passengers on regular flights of the Moldovan airline Flyone from Chisinau.
In addition, the airline operated flights between Tel Aviv and Chisinau under its own call signs. This route is popular among Hasidic pilgrims traveling to Uman.
Skyline Express, which resumed its flights in 2023, uses two Boeing 757-300 aircraft that were purchased after russia's large-scale invasion of Ukraine. These aircraft are registered in Ukraine and owned by a Turkish airline.
The Boeing 757-300s used by Skyline Express operate regular flights from Polish airports to popular seaside resorts, including Egypt, Turkey, Greece and Bulgaria.
Interestingly, Boeing 757-300s with Ukrainian registration are currently the largest narrow-body aircraft operating from Poland. They have the capacity to carry up to 275 passengers, making them popular for providing tourist transportation on popular routes.
Windrose resumed flights in 2023, using aircraft from UIA's fleet, including Embraer 190, Boeing 737-800, and Boeing 737-900ER. UIA suspended its flights in September 2022 due to a conflict between shareholders.
The Embraer 190 is used for flights from Tivat to various European cities under the brand of Montenegro's Air Montenegro. The Boeing 737-800 operates flights between European cities and Egypt on behalf of FlyEgypt.
The Boeing 737-900ER is used for flights between France and Tunisia on behalf of the Tunisian airline Nouvelair.
The company also operates flights between Tel Aviv and Chisinau.
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