Ukraine International Airlines is set to start a transatlantic service from Kiev Boryspil to New York on their 737s.
The problem? Kiev is 4000 nm away from New York.
Ukraine International Airlines (UIA from now) - the flagship carrier of Ukraine - is set to start a transatlantic service from Kiev Boryspil to New York JFK on their 737 planes. Previously, UIA was operating the service on their widebodies - Boeing 767-300 and Boeing 777-200 - but with the small demand for air travel and their pre-COVID plans to scale back. The airline was cutting on routes during the recent years and had get rid of their 777 fleet because of people coughing, either by grounding or returning to lessors.
The new service is scheduled to fly twice a week on a usual configuration of Boeing 737-800 and will make an exactly 1 hour stop in the Iceland town of Keflavik for refueling. It will be operated on Wednesdays and Sundays, starting December 9th. Flight to New York (PS231) will take 12h 35m and the flight back (PS232) will take 11h 20m. It is currently unknown when or even if the direct service will be restored.
On a similar note, Azur Air Ukraine - a branch of russian tourist airline Azur Air - had received permission to fly to USA twice a week starting this October, but it looks like they won’t use it till spring of next year. The routes are still unknown, but they might just replace UIA on the direct route.