Ukrainian charter specialist Windrose is looking to launch long-range services using Airbus widebodies.
General manager Vladimir Kamenchuk says the carrier will soon sign an agrement to acquire two A330-200s. One delivery is scheduled for 2013 and the other for 2014.
"We've considered tapping into the long-range charter market for some time," says Kamenchuk, pointing out that Windrose is undergoing an IOSA audit ahead of accepting the A330s.
"We'll operate them on routes from Kiev to Bangkok, Goa, Dominican Republic and Ho Chi Minh in the winter season. The summer schedule will include flights to Tenerife, Tokyo and Bali."
Windrose has approached Ukraine International Airlines to codeshare on selected long-range routes and is expecting a response to this proposal.
"If cabin loads on charter flights are not sufficient, we'll probably also deploy A330s on scheduled services," suggests Kamenchuk.
Windrose plans to increase its traffic to more than 1 million passengers in 2013, up from 930.000 last year. Its net profit was Hr13 million ($1.6 million) on income of Hr1.35 billion in 2012.