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Published on April 8th, 2021 | by Alan Dwyer

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UT Air Operate Troop Rotation Flight

Russian airline UT Air this week operated a troop rotation flight with Irish troops on behalf of the United Nations operations in South Lebanon. The flight departed Dublin on Wednesday morning for Damascus in Syria shortly before 8.00 am for the five hour flight. The aircraft returned to Dublin at 22.30 with returning troops from the 117 Irish Polish Battalion. The 117 Irish Polish Battalion is a multinational peacekeeping force serving with UNIFIL in South Lebanon under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Fred O’ Donovan. The battalion comprises personnel from the Irish Defence Forces, the Armed Forces of the Republic of Poland, Armed Forces of Malta and Hungarian Defence Forces.

UT Air is an airline based in Khanty-Mansiysk, in the Okrug region in Western Siberia. They were formed from the local division of Aeroflot following the break up of the Soviet Union in 1991. The name UT Air was adopted in 1993 and the airline operated various Russian types before acquiring an ATR-42 as their first western type in 2005. They currently have a fleet of 15 ATR-72’s, over 40 Boeing 737’s and three Boeing 767-200ER’s.

Photo by Mel Byrne.

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