Now a domestic flight with a Russian company gives a better impression than a flight in France

Review of AirNapoleon about the flight UTair-Ukraine QU510 between Kiev and Odessa on 23/11/2013 in Economy
AirNapoleon QU / UTN IEV / ODS
Note: This review is about an experience that happened more than 3 years ago.

I had negative preconceptions about this flight with UT Air Ukraine, a subsidiary of the Russian company UT Air. A misconception.

Departure from the airport of Kiev (IEV), terminal A - not the usual Kiev Borispol (KBP). Closer to the city center, but a bit cramped: you have to be damn careful not to miss the gate on domestic flights, it is a small door in a corner of the airport (see photos). But the terminal is modern and generally well equipped (shops, bars, lounge...). Boarding a bus and flight on an ATR (propeller plane) nicely decorated (red flowers on the tail of the plane). I was expecting a knackered out aircraft; it's a brand new plane with screens that are lowered to make the security announcements. Sure, they aren't any bigger than 5 inches, but it is far from being an old Tupolev...

With this model of airplane, you enter from the rear: UT Air has cleverly placed the business section at the rear of the unit, which is logical, but many other companies have chosen the opposite, preferring pretentious image of the business class in front. That said, today, nobody sits in business, and the aircraft isn't very busy anyway.

Quick take off (it seems awfully maneuverable this ATR-72, I love the way it accelerates at full speed to reach the runway, makes a sharp turn and speeds up immediately and leaves the ground in a flash) and a quiet flight over a leaden sky. A small but friendly service and for free: fruit juice on the first pass, a sweet or two on the second.

Arrived on time in Odessa, on a tarmac that should be redone and leaving by bus through the wrecks of airplanes and private jets stationed at ODS.

Overall rating
3 / 5
Value (price + quality)
4 / 5
On the ground
Check-in and boarding
3 / 5
On board
4 / 5
Costumer service
4 / 5
Your opinion of security
5 / 5
3 / 5
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By AirNapoleon, about UTair-Ukraine, , close to Ukraine
Posted online by Florian de What The Flight, on 23 November 2013
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