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Aerosvit - Ukrainian Airlines
AeroSvit Airlines logo.svg
IATA
VV
ICAO
AEW
Callsign
AEROSVIT
Founded 25 March 1994
Hubs Boryspil International Airport
Frequent flyer program Meridian Club
Fleet size 17 (+16 orders)
Destinations 38
Headquarters Kiev, Ukraine
Key people Kostadin Botev (General Director), Aron Mayberg (head of supervisory board)
Website http://www.aerosvit.com/

CJSC "Aircompany "Aerosvit" (Ukrainian: ЗАТ «авіакомпанія «Аеросвіт», which means "sky world"), operating as Aerosvit-Ukrainian Airlines (Ukrainian: АероСвіт-Українські авіалінії, AeroSvit-Ukrayinski avialinii) is an airline based in Kiev, Ukraine. It is the largest Ukrainian carrier, operating scheduled domestic services to 11 cities and international services directly or by codeshare to 20 destinations in Europe. It also has long-haul international services to China, India, Thailand, Canada and the USA as well as charter services. Its main base is Boryspil Airport, Kiev.[1]

It is also the official sponsor of the Ukrainian Olympic team. Some of the aircraft and all Boeing 767s, carrying out Kiev-Shanghai and Kiev-Beijing route, has a special logo of the Olympic team near the tip of the plane. A similar arrangement is under consideration for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games.

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History

The airline was established on 25 March 1994, and started operations in April 1994 with flights from Kiev to Tel Aviv, Odessa, Thessaloniki, Athens and Larnaca in co-operation with Air Ukraine.[1] In October 1994, it started to dry-lease Boeing 737-200 aircraft as the network expanded to include flights to Moscow. It was the first European passenger airline to use Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok.

Aerosvit Airlines is owned by State Property Fund of Ukraine (22%), Aerotur-Agency for Air Communications and Tourism (40%) and Gilward Investments (Netherlands) (38%). It has 1,447 employees (as of March 2007).[1]

Service

Aerosvit aircraft comprise two-class cabins - business and economy - on all of its international flights.

Business class passengers are, in most cases, provided with a menu, in which they have three to four options of order for every dish - a main course, a secondary dish, a desert and a drink). Economy class passengers have two options of meals. Aerosvit, unlike many other airlines, still serves meals without special purchase. On long-haul flights, general meals are offered twice, with a snack between them. The company also offers all passengers special food orders (fees may apply) 24 hours prior to the flight. On long-haul routes, business-class passengers are offered a personal audio/video menu. There is also an on-board duty-free shop on all international flights.

Online registration

As of 30 April 2009, passengers to Sheremetyevo International Airport and Kharkiv International Airport can use online registration, found on the airline's website. It gives passengers a possibility to choose a seat aboard the plane, print the boarding pass and arrive with it to the airport. The online registration closes 2 hours 40 minutes prior to takeoff. It will be possible for passengers of all other flights to use it in near future.

Destinations

Aerosvit flies to Asia, Africa, Europe and North America from its base at Kyiv Boryspil Airport as well as operating domestic flights in Ukraine.

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Code-share agreements

Aerosvit has code-share agreements with the following airlines:

Fleet

The Aerosvit Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft (at 1 September 2009):[2][3]

Aerosvit Airlines
Aircraft In
Service
Orders Options Passengers
(Business/Economy)
Notes
Antonov An-148 1 9 0 70-80 Launch customer
Boeing 737-200 1 0 0 130 (12/118)
Boeing 737-300 2 0 0 130 (12/118)
Boeing 737-400 4 0 0 153 (15/138)
Boeing 737-500 5 0 0 106 (10/96)
Boeing 737-800 0 7 7 TBA
Boeing 767-300ER 2 0 0 231 (24/207)
Saab 340A 1 0 0 - Operated by Mars RK
Total 16 16 7

Aerosvit is a launch carrier for Antonov An-148. The company signed a contract with Antonov Bureau, which gave Aerosvit the right for the first two An-148. The first aircraft was delivered on June 2, 2009, and was put on Kyiv - Kharkiv route. Second aircraft is expected to be delivered soon.

Incidents and accidents

In December 1997, Aerosvit Flight 241 crashed near Thessaloniki, killing all 70 people on board.[4]

External links

References

  1. ^ a b c "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International: p. 50. 2007-03-27.  
  2. ^ AeroSvit (2007). "Our Fleet". AeroSvit. http://aerosvit.ca/eng/park/. Retrieved 2007-01-07.  
  3. ^ CH-Aviation - Airline News, Fleet Lists & More
  4. ^ Aviation Safety Network (1997). "ASN Aircraft accident description Yakovlev 42 UR-42334 - Thessaloniki". ASN. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19971217-0. Retrieved 2007-01-07.  

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