Russia has begun talks with various European countries to reduce the impact of the Chapter 2 ban in April, following the release by the European Union (EU) of revised noise guidelines. The EU is prohibiting the use of Chapter 2 aircraft into city centre airports, but it will now allow states to take their own decisions for other airports. Russia's state service of civil aviation, the GSGA, is negotiating with many European countries on the continued operation of older Russian/Soviet types. It has already had initial talks with Germany and Italy, and plans talks shortly with France and Spain.
Source: Flight International