Review of Ukraine International flight New York Kiev in Economy

Flight PS232
Class Economy
Seat 8A
Aircraft Boeing 777-200ER
Flight time 08:50
Take-off 24 Dec 19, 00:30
Arrival at 24 Dec 19, 16:20
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By GOLD 1545
Published on 12th April 2020

Routing


check in


Welcome back to part 2 of my winter travel series. This is the first report on Ukrainian International Airlines Boeing 777 aircraft. Recently acquired, the Boeing 777s allowed UIA to expand their network, becoming a new competitor on the transatlantic routes. These aircraft were fully refurbished with UIA’s branding, after being delivered from Asiana Airlines.

UIA operates from Terminal 7 at JFK. Due to cost cutting measures, they changed all long haul departure times to midnight from both New York and Toronto. As a result, my entire booking had to be redone, an ordeal I intend to never experience again. 

Only having booked this flight 3 weeks before, UIA offered the most convenient connecting times into my destination of choice. 


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Apart from British Airways and Iberia, UIA was the only other aircraft departing that night.


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Checkin was relatively quick and seamless.


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TERMINAL 7


Madrid bound IB A333 and below a LHR bound BA 744.


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T7 offered limited options in terms of food. I tried to access the Alaska Airlines lounge but unfortunately they had closed for the day. 


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The terminal seating areas quickly got congested as passengers huddled around the gate.


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INFLIGHT


Aircraft: Boeing 777-28EER
Registration: UR-GOB
Age: 19.2 Years
Layout: C21 W16 Y328


Our aircraft was moved onto the gates from the remote stands some 10 hours after arriving from Kiev.


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Boarding was less organised than expected. Soon enough however, we all made it on board. 


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A Ba 744 had just arrived from LHR as TAP's new A339 loaded in the background. 


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The seat layout was quite dense, the densest 777 I've flown on. The IFE was more or less average, offering a satisfactory amount of movies and music. 


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The lights on Long Island shown bright as we flew northeast towards Ukraine. 


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Due to the late departure, the meal service consisted of a Chicken sandwich and the usual beverages. 


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Sunrise over the North Atlantic.


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The flight was completely full and most passengers were transiting either to Israel or India. 


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Captured the wing flex from the back door. 


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A couple hours out of Kiev, lunch was served. The burger was chicken, once more. The meal was average. Lunch views consisted of partly cloudy skies. 


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descent & arrival


Nearing Kiev, a company flew past us for a destination in Western Europe.


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40 minutes out we began a gradual descent into Kiev. At this point I was anxious to deboard as the tight seating configuration started to get 


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We had an onetime touch down on RWY 36R.


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UR-GOA at the gate, having arrived from Toronto earlier. In the distance, Azur Ukraine prepped for departure to Punta Canada, D.R. 


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Our inbound aircraft remained at gate 2 until her departure for Toronto the next day.


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Verdict

Ukraine International

5.5/10
Cabin6.0
Cabin crew6.0
Entertainment/wifi5.0
Meal/catering5.0

New York - JFK

6.4/10
Efficiency6.0
Access7.5
Services6.0
Cleanliness6.0

Kiev - KBP

6.9/10
Efficiency7.0
Access6.0
Services6.5
Cleanliness8.0

Conclusion

Ukraine International was better than expected. Having read online reviews before my departure, I was somewhat skeptical on having a good time. Personally, the airline is just average. It gets you from point A to point B.

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