Finally, Ukraine is out of the U.S. aviation radar. Travelers
planning to check out of Ukraine for travel to the United States can now
heave a sigh of relief. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has
now expressed satisfaction and says safety concerns are not worrying it
any more insofar as flights out of Ukraine are concerned. The Federal
Aviation Administration recently gave the go ahead to Ukraine
International Airlines to launch its flights services to the United
According to reports, Ukraine International Airlines though has been
given green signal by the Federal Aviation Administration, it is still
to reveal its plan and when it is to begin its operations.
The Federal Aviation Administration had earlier placed Ukraine in
Category 2 safety rating in June 2005. This had greatly disturbed
Ukraine, and it was working overtime with the FAA to align its safety
oversight system with ICAO standards and practices.
The FAA has now upgraded Ukraine’s aviation safety rating to a Category
1. The upgrade was done after reviewing all the safety concerns and
determining that Ukraine’s civil aviation authority was complying with
international safety standards set by the International Civil Aviation
The upgrade to Category 1 safety rating status would now enable air
carriers based in the eastern European nation of Ukraine to start adding
direct flights to destinations in the United States.
According to media reports, Ukraine International Airlines is believed
to have placed orders for some Boeing 777-200LR aircrafts. With the new
aircrafts, the airline expects to begin operations from Kiev to U.S.
destinations in future.