Sept 28, 2016: Ukrainan operator Antonov Company’s Antonov Airlines has been granted broad air charter exemptions from the US Department of Transportation (DoT) for flights to and from the USA. These exemptions follow the US-Ukraine Open Skies agreement which became effective earlier this year.
The US DoT has also tentatively granted Antonov Airlines a foreign air carrier permit. Antonov Company no longer needs obtain US DoT statements of authorization, following non-objections from US operators (apart from US cabotage flights).
Normal US Customs notifications and approvals are required for Antonov Company flights. Antonov Airlines specialises in air transportations of oversized and superheavy cargoes worldwide. Antonov became the first airline in the world that started operation of the AN-124 aircraft type on commercial market. At present time the company’s main fleet consist of 7 AN-124-100 Ruslan, 1 AN-225 Mriya and 1 AN-22 Antei aircraft.
Open Skies agreements promote increased travel and trade, enhance productivity, and spur high-quality job opportunities and economic growth. They serve to eliminate government interference in commercial airline decisions about routes, capacity, and pricing and allow carriers to provide more affordable, convenient, and efficient air service for consumers.