17:08 03.11.2017

Antonov Enterprise helping maintain airworthiness of An family aircraft operated by foreign company under ICAO rules

Antonov Enterprise helping maintain airworthiness of An family aircraft operated by foreign company under ICAO rules

Antonov State Enterprise will continue to help maintain airworthiness of the An family aircraft, including transport An-124-100 Ruslan transport aircraft operated by Russia's Volga-Dnepr as part of its obligations under ICAO Convention, the company said.

In an official statement circulated on Friday in connection with media publications about the alleged resumption of cooperation with Russia under the An-124-100 program by the company, the Antonov Enterprise's press service stressed that the developer's failure to maintain the airworthiness of the aircraft, as specified in Annex 8 to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Convention and the ICAO Airworthiness Manual, will lead to introduction of international sanctions against the Antonov Enterprise and Ukraine.

In particular, such sanctions may include possible ban on international flights of the An family aircraft, including planes belonging to Ukrainian companies, as well as the transfer of functions of the developer of the An family to other agencies authorized by the country operating the aircraft, the press service said.

"Failure of the Antonov state enterprise to maintain its civilian aircraft of the An brand will lead to the loss of licenses by the developer, air transportation permits and markets," the press service stresses.

At the same time, the work on assessing technical condition of the AN-124-100 Ruslan aircraft of Volga-Dnepr Airlines is provided by the Ukrainian enterprise on a contractual basis within the framework of interagency coordination with the authorized ministries, the company said.

"The aircraft (the An-124 Ruslan of the Russian Volga-Dnepr) has a Certificate of Civil Aircraft Registration and can be used only to meet the needs of citizens and the economy," the press service said.

The Antonov State Enterprise also stressed that the Russian company Volga-Dnepr Airlines is not included in the list of companies, which fall under sanctions according to the ruling by the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine.

"Thus, the Antonov State Enterprise as a developer of aircraft equipment operates in accordance with the current legislation of Ukraine and international aviation regulations," the statement says.

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