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The Borealis Alliance, the leading voluntary collaboration of Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs), is one step closer to offering full Free Route Airspace (FRA) across the airspace managed by its nine Members, after new successful implementations by the Irish and Icelandic ANSPs.

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The Borealis Alliance has announced a new Chair and Vice-Chair of its Board. Martin Rolfe, CEO of UK Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP) NATS, takes over from Olle Sundin, Director General of Swedish ANSP LFV, who has stepped down following his retirement from LFV. Ásgeir Pálsson, Director of Air Navigation Services at Icelandic ANSP Isavia has taken up the position of Vice-Chair, which was previously held by Martin Rolfe.

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Last Thursday, on May 25th, the North European Free Route Airspace Programme, NEFRA celebrated its successful completion. The Programme launched in 2013 by six North European states pledged establishment of seamless cross border Free Route operations between Danish/Swedish and North European functional airspace blocks (FABs). 

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Free Route Airspace is steadily expanding. Now, aircraft operators can fly their preferred trajectories within the Bodø Oceanic FIR, where the Norwegian Air Navigation Services Provider Avinor is responsible for the air traffic management. This is yet another step in implementing FRA across large volumes of airspace.

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Avinor Flysikring AS, the Norwegian ANS provider has successfully upgraded its ATM system. The massive enhancement was accomplished on the Sunday night of January 29, and marks an important milestone towards seamless Free Route operations in the Northern Europe. 

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The Borealis Alliance, a business-driven Alliance of Air Navigation Service Providers in Europe, has announced the appointment of its new Policy and Regulatory Director, Mr Reynir Sigurðsson.

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On the 29th of November, the European Commission (EC) and Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) visited a Borealis Free Route Airspace implementing partner Finavia at Helsinki Airport in Finland, to see how the EU funding has supported the deployment of Free Route Airspace in Northern Europe. 

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The Borealis Alliance has been awarded considerable financial support to continue its work to deliver Free Route Airspace across Northern Europe by 2021.

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As of today, June 23 airspace users see a seamless Free Route Airspace across NEFAB East (Estonia, Finland, and Latvia) and DK/SE FAB (Denmark and Sweden), enabling to plan and fly user preferred trajectories across these five states without boundaries.

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NEFAB are convening flight planning and operational experts in Helsinki on May 26 to discuss and exchange the experiences of using NEFAB Free Route Airspace. 

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Applications are invited for the position of Policy & Regulatory Director of the Borealis Alliance.

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The Borealis Alliance Free Route Airspace programme has been awarded a coveted prize by the European Commission for its contribution to delivering the Single European Sky.

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The Borealis Alliance has been awarded €6.5million to support its programme to deliver Free Route Airspace across Northern Europe.

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The North European Functional Airspace Block, NEFAB, has introduced Free Route Airspace, allowing operators to plan and take their preferred trajectories in Estonia, Finland, Latvia and Norway.

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The Borealis Alliance, a business-driven Alliance of Air Navigation Service Providers in Europe, has announced the appointment of its new chairman: LFV Director, Olle Sundin. Olle Sundin has been deputy chairman in the Borealis Board and takes over as chairman from Richard Deakin, who is stepping down as CEO of NATS.

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