BUSINESS MOVING FORWARD: SKYUP AIRLINES, KYIV, UKRAINE
Ukraine's first low-cost airline, commercial & charter,
first flight was May 21, 2018
U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC), Wash, D.C.,
Thu, March 12, 2020
Washington, D.C. - SkyUp Airlines is Ukraine’s first low-cost airline. SkyUp started in 2017. SkyUp flew its first flight on May 21, 2018, and has transported over two million passengers since that time.
SkyUp Airlines, https://skyup.aero/en/, is committed to serving the public’s right to fly by servicing 31 regular, and 16 charter destinations. Founded on the philosophy that air travel should not be more expensive than a restaurant dinner in Kyiv, SkyUp Airlines serves an important niche in the Ukrainian low-cost airline industry.
“SkyUp Airlines is delighted to have become a member of the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC). A successful airline business depends on reliable and important partners from different countries, such as the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC), www.USUBC.org.
SkyUp Airlines uses only U.S. made Boeing Company airplanes, and we believe that our relationship with USUBC will help us to continue to promote our cooperation in the U.S.,” said Aleksander Alba, co-owner of SkyUp.
In 2019, SkyUp Airlines greatly expanded its operations. They began to fly in an eco-friendly way and with better comfortability, transported almost 2 million passengers, grew the number of employees, and expanded the number of destinations and hub airports.
Last year, SkyUp Airlines completed 12,198 flights. The shares of scheduled and charter flights in the total volume of traffic were almost the same. The cabin crew of the air carrier has 77 commanders, 92 co-pilots, and 299 flight attendants. In total, SkyUp Airlines team now has over 660 specialists.
The company significantly expanded its regional and international flight programme. SkyUp planes began to run between Kyiv, Zaporizhzhia, Odesa, Kharkiv, and Lviv. Almost 40 destinations were opened from Kyiv and the regions — the map of destinations expanded and included with new countries in Europe (Italy, France, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Croatia, Montenegro, Czech Republic, Austria, Albania), the Caucasus (Georgia, Armenia), the Middle East ( Egypt, Israel), and South Asia (Sri Lanka).
INCREASING THE SIZE OF THE FLEET ----
Last year, the low-cost airline’s fleet increased in size by 5 planes. There were then 10 medium-range Boeing aircrafts in the airline’s fleet. Of these, 6 are Boeing 737-800 NG with 189 seats, 2 Boeing 737-700 NG with 149 seats, and 2 Boeing 737-900 ER with 215 seats.
On February 2020, a new aircraft, the Boeing 737-900ER, was received at the SkyUp Airlines hub in Boryspil with a seating capacity of 215 passengers. The airline’s fleet has grown to 11 aircrafts, this is the third plane of such model. It is expected that the airline’s fleet will soon be expanded with another Boeing 737-900ER aircraft.
"The over 200 members of the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC), www.USUBC.org, are very pleased to have the opportunity to work with SkyUp Airlines, Ukraine's first low-cost airline which offers passenger and charter flights," said USUBC President, Morgan Williams.