Ukraine International Airlines is looking to establish a maintenance division at its base in Kiev.

The new entity will be called UIA Technics, the carrier's president Yuri Miroshnikov has disclosed.

He adds that the project is in the final stage of approval by domestic authorities and "will then undergo procedures to secure the European Part-145 certification that we hope to obtain within a year".

The proposed facility is intended to provide services both to its parent airline and third-party operators. UIA will need to conduct in-house checks on widebodies especially, Miroshnikov notes.

In the first half of 2018, the carrier is to receive four Boeing 777-200s to replace its four 767-300s. To accommodate these aircraft, UIA is considering construction of a dedicated technical centre at Kiev Borispol airport, provided that it reaches a land-use agreement.

An alternative could be an underutilised hangar at Gostomel aerodrome, which is part of the Antonov testing complex near Kiev.

Source: Cirium Dashboard