One of Volga-Dnepr Airlines’ AN-124 aircraft has returned to commercial operation following the completion of technical checks.

HLPFI readers will recall that Volga-Dnepr decided to ground its entire fleet of AN-124s after one was forced to make an emergency landing in Tolmachevo airport in Novosibirsk, Russia, on November 13.  

Following the incident the Federal Agency for Air Transport set up a commission, including Volga-Dnepr specialists, to identify the causes.

Konstantin Vekshin, chief commercial director of Volga-Dnepr Group, said: “It appears that we have been able to re-start our An-124-100 operations before the end of this year. We are in the process of diligent execution of the service directives, the technical checks are on the right track. As expected, our first An-124-100 is back in the air again. The ultimate return will be incremental and we will still take our time to follow the guidelines reflected in the service directives”.