Ukraine International has had some really tough times – first battling it out with Aerosvit; the largest Ukrainian airline, which went bankrupt a couple of years ago – and now dealing with the Russian/Ukrainian situation. A number of ex-Aerosvit aircraft have now been taken over by UIA, and the airline is trying to establish itself as a long haul carrier flying to New York, Beijing and Bangkok. However, its core business remains European and Middle Eastern traffic.
RASK tried out UIA on a recent flight from Berlin to Kiev
I was greeted warmly at the forward door and shown my seat, a window in the third row.