Ukraine International set to go long-haul with 767s

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Ukraine International Airlines is poised to introduce long-range services using ex-AeroSvit Boeing 767s.

The carrier has reached an agreement to take over between four and six 767-300s from the fleet of now-defunct AeroSvit.

The first three of the type are expected to come into service in mid-August after undergoing re-registration.

Local sources say these aircraft are subject to a lease with the lessor affiliated with Ukraine's PrivatBank which is controlled by tycoon Igor Kolomoisky.

UIA president Yuri Miroshnikov declines to elaborate on lease terms and further deliveries but confirms the airline's intention to tap into long-haul market.

It has already started training crews for the 767 and obtained flying rights to the long-range routes formerly operated by AeroSvit. Plan are afoot to launch regular and charter services from Kiev to the Dominican Republic, Beijng and Bangkok.

To date, UIA has only operated narrowbody jets, including Boeing 737s and Embraer E-190s.