Russian regional airline NordStar has become the latest member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
NordStar is the 10th Russian airline to become a full member of IATA, joining Aeroflot, Rossiya Airlines, Smartavia, Nordwind Airlines, Pegas Fly (Ikar Airlines), S7 Airlines, Ural Airlines and Utair.
Cargo carriers Volga-Dnepr and its subsidiary AirBridgeCargo are also IATA members.
NordStar said it hoped that joining IATA would help the airline develop cooperative relationships within the global air transport industry
As the trade association for the world’s airlines, IATA represents more than 290 airlines or 82% of total air traffic.
The organization supports many areas of aviation activity and helps formulate industry policy on critical aviation issues.
Founded in 2009, NordStar serves more than 50 destinations across Russia, Europe and Asia.
The first step towards joining the association was the completion by NordStar of an IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) in 2017.
In a statement, the carrier—which is owned by Russia’s Norilsk Nickel MMC mining and smelting giant —said it hoped that joining IATA would help the airline develop cooperative relationships within the global air transport industry.