Ukraine's WindRose to expand scheduled international flights

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Ukrainian start-up WindRose Aviation is working towards expanding international scheduled services along with growing its fleet of mainline aircraft.

The Kiev-based carrier has entered the cross-border air market with two weekly flights between Kharkov and Istanbul using a McDonnell Douglas MD-83.

It is also set to serve Moscow from Kiev under a mandate from Ukraine's aviation administration for introducing two additional frequencies on this route.

WindRose deputy director for operations Nikolai Savostyanov says the carrier will launch Moscow services at the end of October after it determines which aircraft type to deploy.

Apart from a pair of MD-83s, WindRose has one Antonov An-24, one Yakovlev Yak-42 and a Boeing 737. Savostyanov says it expects delivery of two more MD-80s in the near future.

The company was set up by private investors in 2003 as an aviation charter broker. Earlier this year it received an air operator's certificate and began transporting air travellers on its own.

During the summer season WindRose launched regular flights from Lviv and Kharkov to Simferopol with a view to offering onward cross-border services to several cities in Germany and Kazakhstan.