December 16 - Rules which came into force in Australia in September with the aim of preventing 'marginally noise-compliant' aircraft from flying in or out of the country's main airport - see page 21 of HLPFI Issue 16 - do not appear to be having a major i

Volga-Dnepr says that December has seen its 12th AN-124-100 flight of the year to Australia, which remains a prime market for the freighter.

The airline's states that its operations comply with the Australian government's strict requirements on aircraft noise that came into force earlier in the year. This has seem some noisy aircraft unable to operate to or from the country but Volga-Dnepr's AN-124 and IL-76TD-90VD operations have continued as normal, according to Dennis Gliznoutsa, group commercial director (Charters).

He said: "Special permits have always been required for AN-124 flights to Australia and we have continued to gain these by satisfying the national aviation requirements. The AN-124 and our modernised IL-76TD-90VD freighters are fully compliant with all existing requirements and regulations and we look forward to continuing to provide outsize and heavyweight cargo services to our many customers in Australia in 2011 and beyond, which also supports the Australian economy."

Gliznoutsa said he does not anticipate any legislative barriers that will hamper Volga-Dnepr's services to and from Australia.