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Ukraine International retires its last Boeing 737 Classic

Type Retired: November 8, 2018 (flight AUI 718 Istanbul - Odessa with UR-GBD)

On Thursday, November 8, 2018, Ukraine International Airlines’ Boeing 737-300 aircraft with registration number of UR-GBD (below), operated its final flight under Ukraine International Airlines’ call sign.

Top Copyright Photo: Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-36N UR-GAN (msn 28569) (Official Carrier National Football Teams) LGW (Antony J. Best). Image: 901106.

Above Photo: Teemu Pesonen.

Subsequently UIA’s fleet consists of 42 aircraft with the average age of 10.5 years.

UIA continues its fleet renewal program. Three Classic Generation aircraft, including two Boeing 737-300 and one Boeing 737-500 were decommissioned. And now the company’s medium haul fleet includes only New Generation Boeing 737-800 and Boeing 737-900 with an average age of 8.7 years. These planes have bigger capacity and consume less fuel per seat kilometer.

In 1992 UIA became the first Boeing 737 family operator in Ukraine and offered its passengers a new level of comfort and service. Within 26 years of UIA’s activity the company used 74 aircraft, 42 of which currently keep flying under UIA’s call sign.

Moreover UIA was the first Ukrainian airline to install winglets on its planes increasing their fuel efficiency and reducing carbon dioxide emissions into atmosphere.

This year the airline added a new type of widebody long haul aircraft for the Ukrainian market – Boeing 777-200ER. Now three such aircraft operate UIA’s flights to New York, Beijing and Bangkok. The company also operates widebody Classic Generation Boeing 767-300ER aircraft on its long haul routes which will be phased out in 2019-2020.

“The Classic Generation aircraft, UIA had started its activity in 1992, played its role. We thank them, as they were reliable planes, which let us become the airline UIA is now. – UIA Communications Director Evgeniya Satska said, – The next step to UIA’s medium haul fleet renewal will be the arrival of three Boeing 737 MAX aircraft delivery. There start to be delivered in Spring 2019”.

Note: The last Boeing 737-500 (UR-GAT) (below) was retired previously on October 12, 2018 (flight AUI172 Stockholm – Kiev).

Below Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-528 UR-GAT (msn 25237) LHR (SPA). Image: 924723.

Ukraine International aircraft slide show:

Type Retired: October 12, 2018 (flight AUI 172 Stockholm ARN - Kiev with UR-GAT)

Alas Uruguay operates its last revenue flight

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Alas Uruguay (Montevideo) has operated its last revenue flight. Boeing 737-36N CX-OAC (msn 28563) operated flight YZ163 from Buenos Aires (AEP) to Montevideo on October 24, 2016.

The carrier has now suspended all operations.

The airline recently commenced operations on January 21, 2016.

Alvaro Romero reporting from Chile:

At dusk of October 24 2016 (19:55), the Boeing 737-300 registered CX-OAC of Alas Uruguay, took off from Buenos Aires Aeroparque Jorge Newbery bound for Carrasco airport near Montevideo, Uruguay. The airliner performed the flight YZ163 which is to date, the last of this short-lived airline.

According to local media, the lessor of CX-OAC asked for the return of the aircraft because of debts, while CX-OAA has been preserved some weeks ago before returning it to the owner; it has been said that OAC would be leased by the Chilean company LAW. Before the last flight, Alas halted operations between Montevideo and Asunción, Paraguay last week because of poor loads.

A statement published on Twitter by Alas, indicated that passengers who had bought tickets from October 25 onwards must contact the airline for finding a solution as the flights were cancelled “because of operational reasons”: 300 passengers are affected by this situation.

What would happen to the airline constituted by ex-Pluna workers? Some sources say that there are talks with foreign airlines interested in the routes and the AOC, but current evidence states Alas (wings, in Spanish) is not to fly anymore, as Uruguay government said no more economical aids would be given to the company after supporting it with USD $15 million.

A complex situation not only for Alas’ workers and passengers, but also for the Uruguayan taxpayers.

Copyright Photo: Alas Uruguay Boeing 737-36N WL CX-OAA (msn 28569) GRU (Rodrigo Cozzato). Image: 932748.

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