Australia grants exemption for Ruslan
Ruslan International, the joint-venture company which markets and manages the 17 An-124 aircraft of Antonov Airlines and Volga Dnepr Airlines, has received an operating exemption from Australia’s Department of Infrastructure and Transportation.
The decision follows the submission of noise certificates showing the fleet fully complies with Chapter 3 ICAO noise standards.
Previously, Ruslan was required to submit “letters of support” from its charter principals showing that flights were in the public interest in order to obtain operating rights.
Ruslan business development manager, Michael Goodisman, commented: “Throughout the period during which the requirement applied to our aircraft, we were always hopeful that our flights would be allowed to operate given their irregular nature and the fact that there is generally no alternative aircraft for the outsize project cargoes we carry.
“However, we are very pleased with this new development. It allows both Ruslan International and our customers to plan future flights within Australian airspace with confidence," he added.