EUROPE/CIS: Ruslan’s An-124 fleet gets Aussie exemption

Australia’s Department of Infrastructure and Transportation has issued specific confirmation that all Antonov An-124 aircraft managed by Ruslan International (the joint venture company which markets and manages the combined fleet of 17 An-124 aircraft belonging to its parents Antonov Airlines and Volga Dnepr Airlines) are now exempt from the recently-introduced requirement to prove that they […]


Australia’s Department of Infrastructure and Transportation has issued specific confirmation that all Antonov An-124 aircraft managed by Ruslan International (the joint venture company which markets and manages the combined fleet of 17 An-124 aircraft belonging to its parents Antonov Airlines and Volga Dnepr Airlines) are now exempt from the recently-introduced requirement to prove that they are being operated “in the public interest”, before permission is granted to fly into or out of Australia. The decision follows the submission of noise certificates for all the aircraft, which proved sufficient to satisfy the department that the fleet fully complies with Chapter 3 ICAO noise standards, and is not impacted by the MCC3 noise levels regulations. Previously, Ruslan International was required to submit “letters of support” from its charter principals to the Department of Infrastructure and Transportation, evidencing that flights were in the public interest, in order to obtain operating rights. In practice, this process did not result in the prevention of any Ruslan International planned operation. Ruslan International has previously operated flights into and out of Australia, and transiting Australia. Its customers have included both the military and commercial users – of which the mining industry is a significant element.