UKRAINE INTERNATIONAL AIRLINE

UKRAINE INTERNATIONAL AIRLINE

INAUGURAL FLIGHT TO JFK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT NEW YORK

25TH APRIL 2014 

I was delighted to be onboard this historic first flight for Ukraine International Airline on 25th April 2014. It was made even better by the fact that my beautiful wife came with me to NYC her first long haul flight and of course a first trip to NYC on our favorite friend in the skies UIA.

Check in was smooth and friendly by the ground staff, I met the captain of our flight at the same time. Quickly through check-in, through some congestion in security they need to open up more lanes during morning rush hour in my opinion. I think security is further set back by the person who sends your personal effects through the scanner takes it upon himself to browse through other pages in your passport.

Went to UIA dedicated lounge much bigger, much better than before and very pleased to see they do announce departure times and notice to board.

Boarding was at gate 11 the furthest away from lounges and security need to allow good 10 minutes to arrive at the gate in time. A great send off from President Yuri Miroshnikov, Executive VP Commercial Sergey Fomenko, Corporate Press chief Jane Satska, with UIA Station Manager Michael Senschuk present with TV and press. I was of course very pleased to publicly support UIA on TV and, to express my pleasure of being on the first flight, after all UIA is the best, flying with the best flight attendant’s in the air, professional, a genuine warmth, and welcome, with that natural smile that is inherent in Ukrainian ladies and men who fly with UIA. Service is great and very professional. I always receive a very special welcome on board; I miss this if I am not in the air with UIA very frequently, you know Ukrainian hospitality starts when you fly with UIA even before you are in Ukraine.

Our fabulous Captain and Cabin crew

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We were flying on the brand new 767/300ER one of my favorite aircraft, a very nice flying experience.

On board we were seated in the business section of 12 seats comfortable, lots of leg room 57 inches of seat pitch and comparable to Emirates airbus 340 500 that I just has flown with and, with United Airlines Business Class on their 767/300. The seats do give the opportunity to get a good sleep.

???????????????????????????????Spacious Business class cabin cool and relaxing

2014425113541Lots of space can’t touch seat in front.

 The new blue soft blankets with UIA logo are very attractive and comfortable.

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2014618120310Business class amenity kit.

UIA new venture to fly long haul competing against bigger carriers who have no restrictions on costs, was a big task. UIA have accomplished this with excellent service. Their business class service is comparable with most business class and even with some airlines first class.  I also sat in the premium economy seats with 36/37 inches of seat pitch; they are the equivalent of the Business class seat on the short haul UIA European flights, excellent value, comfortable, good service, good menu, with great amenity kit and separate cabin. It’s a great way to fly to New York.

Immediately I got to my seat I was offered a drink of champagne very nice it was too, just the way to relax and start a long flight.

The menu on board is extensive with a great selection of drinks from sparkling, red and white wines, good selection of spirits and liqueurs, with beer, non-alcoholic drinks, selection of tea, coffee.

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The Printed Presentation Menu started with an aperitif and salted peanuts.

Lunch was offered and served tastefully arranged from a trolley:

Salad: A delicious and colorful salad with cucumbers, sweet peppers, green salad, served with dressing/

Starter: A choice of Shrimp Tartar on a Beetroot and Horseradish mash served with fresh cabbage, Frisee Lettuce and Dill, I had this dish it looked and tasted as good as it looked.

The second choice was the Spicy Chicken Fillet, with fried White Eggplants, Fresh Tomatoes dressed with pine nut sauce and topped with Rosemary and parsley.

2014425122716Elegant Trolley Service.

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Main Courses:

Beef Medallion in Café de Paris Sauce with Potatoes Gratin , Asparagus Beans and roasted carrots.

This was my choice; the beef was cooked to perfection.

2nd choice Fillet of Escolar baked in papillote with vegetables, potatoes, carrots, celery and lemon, decorated with dill

From the Breadbasket a selection of freshly baked rolls

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???????????????????????????????Baked Fillet of Escolar Papillote

Desert: Esterhazy Cake with fresh Strawberries just delicious.

???????????????????????????????2nd Choice Chocolate Praline soufflé with chocolate dressing. Praline Souffle

Followed by fresh fruit and assorted cheese and nuts.

 On the UIA Inflight entertainment there was a fine selection of films all easily selected with you own controls right at you seat and on your personal screen. Music selection was great for me.

I personally was so enjoying the flight I didn’t watch movies or listen to music however; the headsets were of the most comfortable kind to easily adjust to your fitting. I enjoyed the flight information and  the showing in real time of the flights progress on the big screen as well as personal screens, very informative.

 There was a dinner service before arrival into JFK. Dinner again served in a very elegant way from the trolley,

???????????????????????????????Sergey a man happy with his work.

Salad, Vegetable Salad with cherry tomatoes, grilled artichoke and a green mix.

Starter. Roast Beef with cherry tomatoes, green mix and a wasabi cream sauce

Main Course. Roasted Halibut with tomato risotto and sautéed spinach my choice cooked just the way it should be.

2ndChoice. Chicken Skewers with peppers and mushroom pancakes, served with vegetable ratatouille

Bread basket with selection of freshly baked rolls

Desert. Tiramisu

I flew back to Kiev with the same excellent crew that I came with this time I was accompanied by my dear friend Mr. Tom Stuker he is the most travelled man in the world on United Airline he has flown with then 13 million miles nearly 20 million kilometers, he has a titanium frequent flyer card and has a Boeing named after him on the United fleet. I was very keen to show him the delights of Kiev and the beauty of flying with Ukraine International Airlines.

We checked in at terminal 7 at JFK UIA is not yet listed on the sky train stops. Terminal 7 is the United Airlines , British Airways Terminal, check in was with the British Airways ground staff. It is important to be early for your check-in as the security checks were still busy even for a 00.30 flight time. The BA business lounge is spacious and close to the departure gates. I was asked several times if I was getting on the wrong airline, as BA were used to me for may years checking in for the Concorde service to London. I assured them that I was totally with the correct airline; they said you must know something we don’t. I answered yes its UIA try them you will enjoy

2014430012227On screen the route map showing Massachusetts Turnpike Route 90 as we flew over very impressive.

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Tom Stuker in the Business Class seats from JFK plenty of leg room.

2014430071716 Nicely contoured seat giving great back support for long flights.

???????????????????????????????From menu JFK to BSP colorful and fresh salad with Prawn Starter.

 

???????????????????????????????Beef Tenderloin with Beans Pepper and Sautéed Potatoes.

 

2014430080206Delicious Cheesecake to finish

 

2014430075600or Chocolate delights.

 

 

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My friend Ton Stuker who is used to only first class with United was delighted to say how much he enjoyed our flight and service at the press conference at Kiev Barispol Airport on arrival, how efficient and quick everything worked at Barispol from immigration to clearing customs.

I have to say that UIA service to JFK New York was one of the most enjoyable flight experiences I have had for many years, ever since Concorde stopped flying. The superb attention and care from the crew took me back to the heyday of flying with the greatest airline of its time PanAm.

Well done UIA you do certainly fly above the rest.

Here are some comments from my log book that do say a  lot for the Crews of UIA

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