DALLAS – Ukraine International Airlines (PS) and airBaltic (BT) have agreed to wet-lease medium-haul Boeing 737-900 aircraft.
According to a PS release, the Ukrainian airline’s aircraft and crews are based at Riga Airport (RIX) from May 1 to serve the partner network of flights.
The PS aircraft will connect to a combination of BT’s European destinations. The Boeing jets are scheduled to fly to Berlin, Madrid, Brussels, Oslo, and Copenhagen, among other cities. Four PS crews (a total of 28 staff members) will be involved in the operational activities of the PS aircraft on the routes.
The aircraft will fly with the PS colors and livery, as will the crews, who will wear their usual uniforms. A service agent from the Latvian carrier will be present on each PS aircraft on BT routes, according to the terms of the deal.
The airlines are currently determining the deadline for the PS aircraft operations in the BT fleet. The Boeing 737-900, which is part of the BT fleet, will be maintained by PS international contractors. As a long-term IOSA-certified operator, PS ensures that all international operational safety standards are met.
airBaltic’s Similar Wet-Lease Push
In mid-April, after halting operations in Ukraine and Russia due to the ongoing war in Ukraine, BT announced it would wet-lease a portion of its A220s.
The Latvian airline had already secured contracts for nine Airbus A220s to be leased on an ACMI basis to SAS Scandinavian Airlines (SK) and Eurowings (EW), according to its full-year financial report for 2021.
AirBaltic reported at the time that it was also negotiating wet-lease contracts for two other aircraft that were destined for Ukrainian and Russian airlines.
Featured image: Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-900. Photo: Alberto Cucini/Airways