In the presence of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine and Airbus on the national air carrier.
The document was signed by Minister of Infrastructure Oleksandr Kubrakov and Airbus Vice President for Europe and Central Asia Kimon Sotiropoulos during the “Large Construction: Aviation and Tourism” Forum.
The memorandum enshrines the common goal of Ukraine and France - development and cooperation in the field of aviation.
The document defines the algorithm for further cooperation of the parties in the framework of creating a national air carrier, including, but not limited to, the purchase of aircraft.
"This is the first step when we can start cooperating as two equal partners," said Oleksandr Kubrakov.
Airbus Vice President for Europe and Central Asia Kimon Sotiropoulos commended the Ukrainian government's decision to establish a national carrier.
"We see that in Ukraine, a country that has extremely great potential for tourism, business and any new opportunities, there is great potential for creating a new carrier," he said.
Kimon Sotiropoulos noted that the creation of Ukraine's national air carrier will take place from scratch, so it will be possible to immediately invest in more advanced technologies, in a better fleet that will leave less carbon footprint, consume less fuel and therefore be more environmentally friendly.