Kiev - The newly launched Ukrainian airline operator SkyUp Airlines has signed a firm order with Boeing for two 737 MAX 8 and three 737 MAX 10.

The agreement makes the Kiev-based company the 95th customer of the 737 MAX and the first of the 737 MAX 10 in Eastern Europe. The five devices represent a value of $624 million at list prices.

SkyUp plans to start operations in April with three 189-seater 737 NG leased. The MAXs are ordered for future growth.

We are confident that this purchase will give us a competitive advantage thanks to the unrivaled performance of the Boeing 737 MAX family and the extremely low seat-per-kilometer cost,
Chief Executive Officer Eugeny Khainatsky said in a statement.

The airline will initially operate charter flights from Kiev and other Ukrainian cities to destinations in Turkey, Egypt, Montenegro, Spain, Italy, Cyprus, and Dubai.

Domestic flights should start at the end of May or early June this year on the Kiev-Odessa, Odessa-Kharkiv and Lviv-Odessa routes.

Later this year, SkyUp plans to launch scheduled flights to Barcelona, Dubai, and Larnaca from Kiev.