May 2. Ukraine International Airlines (UIA), the country’s biggest carrier, said on Monday it had leased out its medium-haul Boeing 737-900 aircraft to Latvian carrier airBaltic to try to minimize its losses caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The company stopped operating services on Feb. 24 after Russia invaded Ukraine, targeting airports and other critical infrastructure and prompting the government in Kyiv to introduce martial law and close its skies to commercial aviation.
“From May 1, the aircraft and crews of the Ukrainian airline will be based at Riga Airport to serve the partner network of flights,” UIA said in a statement.
The Ukrainian company said four crews – 28 people in total – would be involved in the operational work of the UIA aircraft on the partner’s routes. The aircraft will operate flights with the UIA corporate colour and livery preserved, as well as the crews.