Posted on: 27 June 2012 by Mark Howells
The first two Embraer 190s for the Ukrainian Aviation Group Alliance (UAG), have been handed over to Dniproavia, which will operate them on behalf of fellow UAG member AeroSvit to serve the latter’s international regional network from its Kiev Boryspil (KBP) hub.
Three other E-Jets are scheduled for delivery by the end of the year. UAG selected the E-190 as part of the alliance’s fleet replacement for older, narrowbody jets, as it seeks to rightsize routes and develop its international regional network. The E-190s are configured in a dual-class layout.
Currently, up to 20 ERJ 145s are in Dniproavia’s fleet in the Ukraine. The Kiev-based charter carrier and ACMI-provider, Windrose Aviation, also has one E-195, which is wet-leased to UAG member carriers. Following delivery to UAG of all five new E-190s, the Ukraine will be home to over 25 Embraer commercial aircraft.
Gregory Gurtovoy, AeroSvit chairman, highlighted the mission of the new E-190. “The aircraft will be operated by Dniproavia, on behalf of AeroSvit, and will serve to enhance our overall product offering and improve our operational efficiency. This is very important, in light of the soon-expected Open Skies agreement between the European Union and Ukraine. The E-190s will also fly to destinations in the CIS and the Middle East, providing excellent passenger comfort, transit baggage capacity and range that will enable us to compete with both legacy and low-[fare] airlines. With our good experience of the E-195 in commercial use for UAG, I’m confident that the brand-new E-190s will deliver even more exceptional performance.”