Ukraine International Airlines (UIA), which launched daily Kiev Boryspil-New York JFK services in April, is planning to extend its long-haul services to Beijing.

UIA CEO Yuri Miroshnikov told ATW recently the carrier faces “huge bureaucracy problems” in China. “Slots are especially critical for us,” he said. There is no launch date for the Beijing services.

“New York is one of the most important routes for the Ukraine,” he added. The carrier operates two Boeing 767-300ERs, in a three-class configuration, on the daily US service. “Our 767s are significantly refurbished and economically well balanced for us to enter this new market.”

A third Boeing 767-300ER features a charter configuration and operates mainly on routes that include Bangkok.

UIA faces massive challenges due to political crises and instability in the region and is “working hard to cope and survive,” Miroshnikov told ATW previously.