Ukraine's Air Onix looking to add two 737-400s

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Ukrainian start-up Air Onix plans to increase its Boeing fleet to ensure sufficient capacity during the high travel season.

The privately-owned carrier, which is based in Simferopol, Crimea, wants to take two Boeing 737-400s for deployment on charter services to Greece, Montenegro, Turkey and Egypt.

Last April it launched scheduled Simferopol-Kiev flights using two -500 variants, before adding a 737-300 shortly afterwards. Air Onix says it needs 737s with greater capacity to meet demand for travel on the selected routes to the Mediterranean countries from Kiev.

In the summer, it also intends to introduce scheduled rotations between Simferopol and St Petersburg with a stopover in Kiev, as well as increase frequencies to Moscow. The business plan envisages expanding its route network in Russia.

Air Onix became the sole carrier operating out of Crimea after the municipality-backed start-up Crimean Dawns ceased all domestic services last year, citing low demand.

Crimean Dawns was set up in 2011 as a subsidiary of Simferopol Airport to provide air links to major Ukrainian cities with two Saab 340 turboprops sub-leased from Odessa Airlines.