Hellenic Imperial applies for US rights

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Greek carrier Hellenic Imperial Airways has applied for regulatory approval to operate scheduled service and charters between Europe Union member states and the US.

The Boeing 747-200 operator does not specify in its US DOT filing specific city pairs it would inaugurate.

However, "Hellenic requests expedited processing of this application to allow Hellenic to begin the proposed services as soon as possible", the carrier says.

The DOT application marks the latest positive turn for the carrier, after European Commission scrutiny over safety led to suspension of its air operator's certificate in October last year. The suspension was lifted in mid-December.

The Athens-based airline currently serves Casablanca, Birmingham in the UK and Jeddah.

Hellenic operates two 747-200s, according to Flightglobal's ACAS database.