Ukrainian SkyUp Airlines seeks ACMI agreements for all B737s
SkyUp Airlines (PQ, Kyiv Boryspil) has offered all but one of its B737NG planes for wet lease as the airline remains grounded due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The PROD!fleets_module shows that SkyUp Airlines operates fifteen B737NGs in total, comprising two B737-700s, nine B737-800s and four B737-900(ERs). The carrier said it was seeking ACMI contracts for all of them except one -800, UR-SQP (msn 33029), which remains in Kyiv Boryspil and cannot take off due to the closure of Ukrainian airspace amid ongoing Russian bombardment. .
All other aircraft are currently stored outside Ukraine. The four -900(ER) have been undergoing scheduled maintenance at Tallinn Lennart Meri since November 2021, but are now available for operations. The remaining ten planes were parked overseas in February 2022, as lessors and insurers grew increasingly concerned about the security situation in Ukraine ahead of the Russian invasion. Flightradar24 ADS-B shows that the two -700s are currently stationed at Iasi and Izmir airports, while seven -800s are at Iasi (two), Sharm el Sheikh (three), Belgrade and Sofia (one each). The eighth unit of the type, UR-SQG (msn 30071), had been stationed in Chisinau but is currently being used for charter flights between the Moldovan capital and Tel Aviv Ben-Gurion.
“By using our planes, you will help us to continue our activities during the war and to pay taxes to the public treasury, to save 1,300 employees and to support the Ukrainians affected – we will send every tenth of a dollar or euro to help the victims of war,” the airline said in a statement.
SkyUp said it was open to leasing the aircraft to any airline in the world that does not operate flights to Russia or Belarus.
“The primary task of Ukrainian companies is to continue their operations, because that is exactly what Ukraine needs now to ensure economic stability, create additional resources for our armed forces and support civilians affected by the fighting. C This is why we, the Ukrainian airline SkyUp Airlines, appeal to the global aviation family to support us and Ukraine in this fight,” he added.
Ukrainian airspace has been closed to all civilian operations since the early hours of February 24, 2022, when Russia launched the invasion. Of the country’s largest carriers, only SkyUp and Bees Airline have all or nearly all of their fleet stored offshore. Ukraine International Airlines has a significant portion of its fleet stationed abroad, but some aircraft have remained in Ukraine, while Windrose Airlines has its entire fleet in Ukraine.