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SKYUP AIRLINES FROM KIEV ACQUIRES ANOTHER BOEING 737-900ER

SkyUp (Kiev) has expanded its fleet with a medium-haul Boeing 737-900ER aircraft, increasing its fleet of aircraft to 12 units.
According to the press service of the company, the new aircraft is designed for 215 passengers and will operate flights on all routes in the airline’s schedule. This is the fourth aircraft of this model in its fleet.
“The aircraft, produced in 2008, arrived in Ukraine in the branded SkyUp livery. Also on board are seats of the British brand Acro, which provide more space between the rows for a convenient flight of passengers, and the wings are equipped with split winglets Split Scimitar to save fuel and improve aerodynamics,” the report says.
The aircraft received the state registration number UR-SQL.
Currently, along with the new aircraft, the SkyUp Airlines fleet includes 12 medium-haul aircraft: two Boeing 737-700 NGs with 149 seats, six Boeing 737-800 NGs with 189 seats, four Boeing 737-900 ERs with 215 seats.
By the end of summer, the company plans to replenish its fleet with one more aircraft.

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UKRAINIAN SKYUP STARTS 13 NEW ROUTES FROM KIEV

SkyUp (Kyiv) in May 2021 performed 1,419 flights and carried 209,924 passengers, the airline said in a press release.
According to the airline’s internal statistics, in May SkyUp set an absolute record for the number of flights performed for the entire period of the company’s activity, completing 1,419 flights. Of these, 870 are charter flights, 519 are regular, as well as 30 are positional and training flights.
The daily number of SkyUp flights performed in May reached 60 flights.
The airline carried 209,924 passengers on passenger flights: by charters – 152,835 people, by regular flights – 57,089 passengers.
In addition, SkyUp transported 41,459 tonnes of cargo on passenger flights.
The most popular destinations among SkyUp passengers in May on charter flights were Sharm el-Sheikh (Egypt, 30,770 people), Antalya (Turkey, 26,160 people), Hurghada (Egypt, 12,410 people).
The passengers of regular flights most often chose Istanbul (Turkey, 6,965 people), Tbilisi (Georgia, 6,046 people), Batumi (Georgia, 4,222 people).
In May, the airline launched 13 domestic and international routes: from Kyiv to Bodrum, Izmir and Odesa; from Odesa to Batumi, Kharkiv and Lviv; from Lviv to Tirana; from Kharkiv to Larnaca, Tivat and Tirana; from Zaporizhia to Istanbul, Batumi and Tirana.
SkyUp also announced the start in June of a flight program from Odesa to the Greek island of Crete, from Zaporizhia and Lviv to Tivat (Montenegro).

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OFFICE REAL ESTATE MARKET IN KIEV TO EXPAND BY 376,000 SQ M

It is planned to open 16 business centers with a total area of 376,000 square meters in Kyiv in 2021-2022, Managing Partner of CBRE Ukraine Radomyr Tsurkan told Interfax-Ukraine during the forum devoted to current trends in real estate on Wednesday.
“The collapse of the offices that scared everyone at the start of the pandemic did not take place. According to a study conducted by CBRE in 2020, 73% of those surveyed want to return to the office and have a hybrid work format,” Tsurkan said.
As a result, active construction of new projects and entry of new office space into the market is seen. In particular, in the first quarter of 2021, the new supply amounted to 22,000 square meters.
“Now the vacancy rate is about 14%, this is a fairly healthy indicator. The rates have dropped slightly – by 10% compared to 2020 and total $25 per square meters a month,” Tsurkan said.
According to CBRE Ukraine, in 2021, 12 business centers with a total area of 207,000 square meters are being prepared for going live.
In 2022, it is possible to replenish the office real estate market with four facilities with a total area of 169,000 square meters.
Among the trends in the office real estate market, the expert named changes in formats. “Now everyone understands: a large business center must have a coworking space. Another innovation that we will see soon is a mandatory area for conversations, meetings with visitors on the ground floor and/or in the office itself. This is a safety requirement, including epidemiological,” Tsurkan said.

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UKRAINE LAUNCHES TRAIN TO CONNECT VIENNA, BUDAPEST AND KIEV

JSC Ukrzaliznytsia is launching a Kiev-Vienna train since June, which will pass through the territory of Ukraine, Austria and Hungary, the Ukrzaliznytsia’s press service reported on Sunday.
The restoration of international railway traffic became possible with the assistance of the railway authorities of Austria and Hungary thanks to the stabilization of the situation with the coronavirus pandemic.
“The first train from Kiev to Vienna will start on June 1, so Ukrzaliznytsia passengers have a great opportunity to start their summer with a visit to Austria. In the future, the train will run daily according to the following schedule: it will depart from the Central Kiev Station at 02:07 pm, will pass through Budapest (arrival at 8:20 am) and arrive in Vienna at 11:21 am the next day. In the opposite direction (from June 2) the train will depart at 4:42 pm and arrive in Kiev at 5:22 pm the next day,” Ukrzaliznytsia said.
Tickets for the Kiev – Vienna train can be purchased at the international ticket offices of the stations.
“Passengers can find out up-to-date information on the rules for the entry of Ukrainian citizens into the territory of Austria and Hungary, as well as citizens of these countries in Ukraine, through the official sources of the embassies of Ukraine in Austria and Hungary and the embassies of these countries in Ukraine,” Ukrzaliznytsia said.

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NEW UKRAINIAN AIRLINE BEES AIRLINE PLANS TO LAUNCH FLIGHTS FROM KIEV TO SAMARKAND (UZBEKISTAN)

The new Ukrainian airline Bees Airline intends to operate flights from Kyiv to Samarkand (Uzbekistan) from July 2021.
As reported on the website of the State Aviation Service of Ukraine, the company’s application will be considered by the regulator’s commission at a meeting on Thursday.
At the meeting, the State Aviation Service Commission will also consider the application of Bees Airline on granting it the right to operate the Kyiv-Helsinki-Kyiv air line from June this year.
In addition, the issue of canceling the right of Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) to operate the Odesa – Baku (Azerbaijan) – Odesa line and granting SkyUp the right to this line will be considered.
In addition, the issue of granting SkyUp the right to operate the Kyiv – Dalaman (Turkey) – Kyiv and Lviv – Bodrum (Turkey) – Lviv lines and Azur Air Ukraine the right to operate the Kyiv – Istanbul – Kyiv flights will be considered.

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NEW UKRAINIAN AIRLINE BEES AIRLINE TO FLIGHT FROM KIEV TO LVIV, ODESA, KHERSON

The State Aviation Service of Ukraine has granted the new Ukrainian airline Bees Airline the rights to operate the Kyiv – Lviv – Kyiv, Kyiv – Odesa – Kyiv and Kyiv – Kherson – Kyiv airlines. Order of the State Aviation Service No. 655 dated April 26, 2021 was published on its website.
According to the document, the frequency of these flights and the duration of the rights are not limited.
As reported, the State Aviation Service of Ukraine issued an operator certificate to Bees Airline on March 12, 2021. Later, the regulator allowed the company to operate flights on 31 routes – 15 regular and 16 charter flights.
Bees Airline made its first charter flight from Kyiv to Sharm el-Sheikh (Egypt) by order of the tour operator Tez Tour Ukraine on March 18, 2021.
According to the public register of civil aircraft of Ukraine, Bees Airline registered two aircraft in Ukraine – Boeing 737-800 with registration numbers UR-UBA and UR-UBB. Both aircraft are produced in 2010 and belong to San Clemente Leasing LLC (the United States).
According to Bees Airline CEO Yevhen Khainatsky, by the end of 2021 the fleet will be replenished with two more aircraft. Another two are planned to arrive in 2022.
The base airport of Bees Airline is Kyiv International Airport named after Ihor Sikorsky.
According to the data in the register, the beneficial owners of Bees Airline are Serhiy Smirny (90%) and Khainatsky (10%).
Previously, Khainatsky was CEO of another Ukrainian airline – SkyUp Airlines.

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