Baltia’s dispatchers complete FAA competency checks

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Dispatchers at start-up carrier Baltia Air Lines have passed competency checks required by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and are now qualified to dispatch flights.

The carrier says the checks follow the completion by dispatchers of ground school and on-the-job training.

"This marks another major step towards completion of the certification training process,” says Baltia’s executive vice president Russ Thal.

Baltia, which is incorporated in New York but has headquarters in Ypsilanti, Michigan, intends to start service from New York JFK to St Petersburg in Russia later this year with one Boeing 747-200.

The airline told Flightglobal in early July that it hopes to begin proving flights in September and to receive FAA certification in September or October.

The first charter flights could begin immediately following US certification, but Baltia said scheduled flights may be delayed another 30 to 45 days while Russia’s aviation authority issues its certificates.