UIA Cargo expands international reach
Ukraine International Airlines’ cargo division is addressing the region’s notable economic growth with the launch of three new routes. Commencing in the fourth quarter of 2011, the Ukrainian flag carrier will fly to India, Turkmenistan and Iran from its Kiev hub on Boeing 737 aircraft.
Officials from ECS Group, UIA Cargo’s global sales agency, anticipate these new routes will boost freight operations. “A great deal of confidence is returning to the market, and the launch of routes to India, Turkmenistan and Iran provide a significant opportunity to feed more volume into the network,” ECS Group Director Mac Warner said in a statement.
Feeding more cargo into global networks is something UIA Cargo has done all year long, according to ECS Group representatives. UIA’s freight division has done so well, in fact, that it exceeded its total tonnage for 2010 in the first seven months of 2011. The airline is also on track to meet its goal of transporting 2,500 tonnes this year.
ECS Group officials attribute much of this growth to UIA Cargo’s launch of Kiev-Moscow-Kiev and Kiev-Samara routes in July.
Warner, for one, believes the carrier’s success in 2011 is testament to the region’s focus on trade. “We are achieving remarkable growth with UIA Cargo this year, which reflects both its growing network and the general recovery in the country’s economy,” he stated.
Warner also anticipates a bright future for the Ukrainian flag carrier. “One of the reasons why UIA and ECS have enjoyed such a long and successful relationship is the continued development of both businesses and, most significantly, our ability to generate cargo for UIA across our network of 47 offices in 30 countries,” he said in a statement.