Ukrainian International Airlines Economy Class Tbilisi, Georgia to Kiev, Ukraine Review

Posted on June 26, 2014 by in Travel Deals

For my trip around Eastern Europe I needed a connection from Tbilisi to Kiev and that's where Ukraine Airlines comes in. The ticket was just $100 for the 2.5 hour trip in economy. I frankly did not look forward to this flight but an alternative flight would have taken me on a much more complicated and more expensive route.

Ukraine International's hub is Kiev's Boryspil Airport. The airline does not have the best safety record but has been improving lately.

Check-in at TBS Airport opened exactly 2 hours before take-off and I was seemingly the only passenger to show up so early. Check-in was very quick and professional and after this I proceeded to the Priority Pass lounge.

Security is at the gate at this airport so I proceeded a bit early and was on time when boarding started. Again, everything was very orderly and quick.

The aircraft has leather seats and a reasonable seat pitch. However, it looked old and tired. Think of the old American Airlines 757. This was a 737 but looked pretty ancient from the inside.

Departure was a little late but we eventually managed to take-off into the forming thunderstorms over Tbilisi.

Foolishly, I was expecting food on the plane but that did not happen during those 2.5 hours. I did get some free water from a pitcher that the flight attendants served from, which tasted old and stale. I later came down with a bad stomach issue and I can only think of one place where I could have gotten this from, but I may be wrong.

Landing in Kiev was 15 minutes late but effortless and we got a bus to the gate and proceeded to Immigration. Lines seemed very long but things moved quickly so I was at the luggage belt before my bag arrived.

All in all, a good routine flight. Though I have no real evidence besides the stale water taste, I do blame Ukraine International for making me sick that day.

Take Ukraine Airlines if that's your best connection. It would not be my first choice again in future.

If you like this post – subscribe via email or follow us on Twitter.

2 / 5 stars