Ukraine`s largest airline AeroSvit has made a decision in principle to stick to Boeing models for the planned renewal of its medium-range fleet, according to Reed Business Information - Air Transport Intelligence.
Last year AeroSvit created an ad hoc committee to study competing products of Airbus and Boeing from technical, operational and commercial standpoints.
A company spokesman says it has finally settled on Boeing`s business propositions after judging it to be "more advantageous for conducting aircraft purchase negotiations."
But he indicates the committee`s conclusion is only a recommendation, which is subject to approval by the advisory board at a special meeting shortly.
The US manufacturer has offered AeroSvit 737-800 twinjets in a package with after-sales product support.
AeroSvit is planning to lease up to 11 aircraft to replace its current fleet of Boeing 737 classic models. "We need to complete refleet in the medium-haul segment by 2011," says the spokesman.
The carrier also wants to replace its long-range equipment, comprising three -767-300ERs, and is looking at A350 and Boeing 787s. But the spokesman says this is still being studied and will be resolved separately.
Boeing is a member of the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council and attended the Council`s meeting in Washington on Monday with Ukraine`s new Foreign Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk.
This news was monitored by the Action Ukraine Monitoring Service for the Action Ukraine Report (AUR), Morgan Williams, SigmaBleyzer, Editor.