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3 March, 1999
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"Air Ukraine" And "Uzbekistan Airways" Have Reached An Agreement
The Ukrainian national Airline "Air Ukraine" and "Uzbekistan Airways" have reached an agreement of joint flights New York - Kyiv and then continuing to the- capital of Uzbekistan - Tashkent this will be the only non-stop connection between USA and Ukraine.
This is one of the first examples of a mutually beneficial cooperation between the national carriers of the CIS participating countries, which coincides with the worldwide spirit of airline integration.
This agreement is of mutual interest to both sides - "Air Ukraine" has been finally given an opportunity to replace on this route an aging aircraft, IL62-M, and "Uzbekistan Airways" - will have access to the Ukrainian and American passenger and cargo markets.
New long-range aircraft Boeing 767-300-ER will operate the flights with joined crew of both airlines.
The start - up of this new service is scheduled for April 2nd, 1999, with initial frequency of two flights weekly, and frequency increasing in June. There will be three classes of service in flight - first, business and economy.
"Air Ukraine" is planning to receive its own "Boeing" aircraft later this year but the joint undertaking of two national airlines can be continued in order to ensure daily flights from New York.
Taking into consideration the geographical locations of Kyiv and Tashkent, this fruitful cooperation of two airlines has in itself a great reserve of future opportunities - code sharing flights from Kyiv via Tashkent to Tokyo, Seoul, Bangkok, Singapore and other cities in south-east Asia, as well as to Australia with its large Ukrainian community.