Ukraine’s Aerosvit Announces Tender For Aircraft

KIEV, Ukraine -- Aerosvit, the largest airline of Ukraine, has announced a tender for purchasing aircraft, deputy general director Yevgeny Treskunov told a Friday press conference.

The company’s strategic development plan approved last December stipulates the leasing and purchase of 14 medium-range and six long-range aircraft.

Aerosvit will start modernizing its hardware in 2008. U.S. Boeing and European Airbus will be invited to the tender. Russia’s IL-96-300 will hardly be invited because of the recent temporary ban on its operation due to technical defects and the limited production.

The airline employs 1,721 people and has ten Boeing 737 and two Boeing 767. It is planned to enlarge the company hardware to 42 pieces, including ten Ukrainian-made An-148, by the year 2011.

Aerosvit services 66 routes, including 55 international to 27 countries, and eleven domestic.

Source: Itar-Tass