Moscow Flight Impasse?

BRITISH AIRWAYS (BA) has reportedly reached an impasse with the Russian Civil Aviation Authorities after announcing plans to upgrade its London/Heathrow to Moscow/Domodedovo service.  Currently operated by Airbus A320s and Boeing 767s, the carrier disclosed in September 2011 that it had begun negotiations over the use of larger 747s and 777s on the route – the current bilateral agreement between Russia and the UK requires coordination over the frequency and type of aircraft on all services between the two countries.
However, reports in the Russian press have suggested that the carrier has failed to secure approval to upgrade its flights to Moscow.  This is believed to be linked to a refusal by the UK authorities to grant a similar request from Aeroflot and Transaero.