Welcoming the new Emirates A340-500 daily service from Dubai into Kiev Boryspil were (from left to right): Thierry Antinori, EVP and CCO Emirates; Valentin Zgursky, Head of Aviation Transport Department, Ministry of Infrastructure, Ukraine; and Sergii Gombolevskyi, Deputy General Director for Operations and Airfield Support of Kiev Boryspil Airport (Photos courtesy of Alex Cheban).
- Emirates has begun serving Kiev Boryspil (KBP) from its Dubai (DXB) hub, in a move that sees it competing with its sister company, LCC flydubai, at least until the end of April. The daily service, which started on 16 January will be flown by the MEB3 carrier’s A340-500s. While direct competition comes from Ukraine International Airlines (double-daily), flydubai (daily) and Dniproavia (twice-weekly) on the specific airport pair, there is also indirect competition on the city pair. flydubai also operates a daily service into Kiev Zhulyany from Dubai, whereas Wizz Air Ukraine offers a thrice–weekly connection from Zhulyany to Dubai Al Maktoum. Both of these indirectly competing services have commenced recently – the former on 15 September and the latter on 28 October.