Azur Air Ukraine has begun preparations for carrying out cargo transportation on board long-haul Boeing 767-300 aircraft, the airline said on its Facebook page.
“Given the quarantine imposed by the Cabinet of Ministers and the closure of border crossing points, the airline’s flights were carried out only as part of evacuation measures to return Ukrainian citizens home. Thus, the company incurs significant losses … In this regard, the airline is looking for ways to realize its potential outside of passenger transportation,” the report says.
Azur Air Ukraine notes that organizational and technical measures are being implemented to partially change the configuration of passenger aircraft to cargo, in particular, the dismantling of passenger seats, etc.
Such measures, according to the company, should ensure the carrying capacity of Boeing 767-300 passenger aircraft and transportation of medical equipment and drugs, essential goods, etc. as part of humanitarian flights.
“The implementation of these measures by the airline’s management will minimize the negative impact of the economic crisis in the state, tax revenues to the state budget, improve the anti-epidemic situation and avoid the mass dismissal of the airline’s workforce,” Azur Air Ukraine expects.
Azur Air Ukraine (formerly Utair Ukraine) began its operations in 2009, changing its name in 2015. The company is based at Boryspil International Airport (Kyiv region), however, it offers flights from the regions, including Kharkiv, Zaporizhia, Lviv, and Odesa.