Tailwind Airlines (TI, Istanbul New) has wet-leased a B737-800 from Ukraine's SkyUp Airlines (PQ, Kyiv Boryspil) to operate charter flights from Antalya to the Baltic states.

UR-SQC (msn 40146) was ferried from Vilnius to Riga on April 30, 2022, and subsequently began operating for the Turkish leisure carrier. Flightradar24 ADS-B data shows that it has been deployed from Riga, Vilnius, and Tallinn Lennart Meri to Antalya.

Tailwind Airlines Managing Director Mehmet Bostan confirmed to ch-aviation that the wet-lease will continue through October 31, 2022. The Turkish carrier's in-house fleet comprises five B737-400s, the ch-aviation fleets advanced module shows.

SkyUp Airlines turned to the ACMI market after its normal operations were grounded by the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the resulting closure of the Ukrainian airspace to civilian operations on February 24, 2022. It has also wet-leased three B737-800s to Corendon Airlines Europe (XR, Malta Int'l) and another unit of the type to Air Moldova (9U, Chisinau). The Ukrainian carrier told Poland's Rynek Lotniczy aviation news that owing to the wet-lease and charters, including humanitarian cargo operations, around 40% of its staff are currently active.