Main ATM Centre and Delta Air Lines Agree on FRA Operations

Almost a year of negotiations between the Russian Joint Air Traffic Management System Main Centre and industry juggernaut Delta Air Lines regarding the latter’s route network change for operations from North America to Eastern Asia has concluded with an upgrade of the air carrier’s flight planning system and the commencement of free route operations within the Russian Federation area of responsibility.

Since 25 July, Delta Air Lines has been operating daily flights to Seoul, South Korea, from Detroit and Atlanta according to FRA rules implemented on a trial basis over the high seas in the Oceanic and North-2 sectors of Magadan ACC. The negotiations were guided by State ATM Corporation’s strategy to bring in air traffic flows by raising the attractiveness of the Russian Federation airspace, which, in its turn, is intended to increase the amount of proceeds from air navigation charges.

Delta Air Lines is the world’s largest airline by three core parameters (fleet size, number of passengers carried, and number of destinations); its route network includes countries of the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the Caribbean. It is the only U.S. air carrier connecting all continents around the globe except Antarctica. Delta Air Lines is the world’s leading air carrier for Transatlantic routes and the only airline connecting the U.S. with African countries.

The ongoing FRA trial over the high seas in Magadan and Kaliningrad ACCs currently involves such foreign airlines as AirBaltic, AirCanada, AirFrance, AirHamburg, Alitalia, Asiana, Asiana Airlines, ASL Airlines Belgium, Atlas Air, Austrian Airlines, BA CityFlyer, British Airways, Cargolux Airlines, Cargolux Italia, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, China Cargo Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, European Air Transport, Eva Airlines, Finnair, German Cargo, Global Jet Luxembourg, Icelandair, Jetflite, KLM, Korean Air, LatCharter, Lufthansa, Lufthansa Cargo, Nordwind Airlines, Polar Air, Qatar Airways, Qatar Executive, Ryanair, Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Sirius Aero, SmartLynx Airlines, TUI fly Nordic, United Airlines, and UPS Airlines, which have jointly operated 2,900 flights. Free route flights are also operated by Russian airlines, including AirBridgeCargo, Atran, Aeroflot, Volga-Dnepr, Pobeda, and RusLine. Pobeda has operated the most free route flights so far, with a total of 173.

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