OREANDA-NEWS. The Federal Air Transport Agency (Russian Aviation) has limited the certificate of the operator of the charter airline Nordwind. This is evidenced by materials published on the site office. At the end of May, an order was issued by the Federal Air Transport Agency to cancel the operational specification for the medium-haul Airbus 321 aircraft, and two months earlier - to the long-haul A330. These orders served as a basis for restricting the certificate of the operator Nordwind. The Russian media sent inquiries to the press service of the Federal Air Transport Agency and Nordwind.

At the end of March, Rosaviatsiya limited the certificate of the operator to Nordwind because of claims to ensure flight safety, namely, compliance with the ETOPS rules. According to these standards, the route of the twin-engine aircraft must be built so that it is constantly located a maximum of one hour of flight from the nearest airfield for an emergency landing in case of failure of one of the engines.

The airline Nordwind operates in alliance with the charter Pegas Fly. Both of them are affiliated with the Pegas Touristik tour operator, who commissioned charter flights. At the end of May 2019, according to the Federal Air Transport Agency, the joint fleet of companies consisted of 42 aircraft, of which 29 belong to Nordwind. "The decision was made by the commission on the results of an unscheduled inspection of the operator in February 2019, which revealed a discrepancy in training for the airline pilots training program for admission to flights according to ETOPS rules, incidents of flights on aircraft that did not undergo maintenance, and the lack of the necessary technical staff in the airline", - said in a statement Rosaviatsii.

Nordwind operates scheduled and charter flights throughout Russia and abroad. In the first quarter of 2019, the company transported more than 900 thousand passengers, becoming the eighth in Russia by this indicator.