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Neither spare parts nor maintenance, a blow for Russian aviation


European, Canadian and American airspaces closed to Russian planes, European sanctions and bridges cut by the two main aircraft manufacturers: the invasion of Ukraine by Russia risks costing Russian commercial aviation dearly, experts point out.

The Seattle giant announced overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday that it was suspending spare parts, maintenance and technical support services for Russian airlines as well as his major operations in Moscow.

On his side, in accordance with the international sanctions in force, Airbus has suspended support services to Russian airlines as well as the supply of spare parts in the countryindicates the European aircraft manufacturer.

Aircraft from both manufacturers make up the vast majority of Russia’s commercial aviation fleet. Out of a thousand aircraft in service in Russia, nearly 370 are Boeing, 340 Airbus.

And Russia risks seeing some of these planes withdraw: three quarters of them belong not to companies, but to lessors, according to the database of the specialized publication. Aviation Week. If a quarter of these renters are Russian, nearly half are European.

The scope of sanctionsEU to re-enter the European Union”,”text”:”allows all aircraft owned by EU owners to re-enter the European Union”}}”>allows all aircraft owned by owners of theEuropean Union to enter the European Unionindicated a European civil servant, saying to be on this subject in contact with several rental companies in Irelandwhere many of them are located.

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A heavy impact… in the medium term

Regarding maintenance, the immediate impact is low, but heavy in the medium termbelieves Bernard Vilmer, aeronautical expert at Icare.

Each aircraft part has traceability, a system intended to guarantee the international certification of the aircraft. It is this draconian protocol that has made it possible to achieve extremely low accident rateshe explains to theFrance Media Agency.

From the moment we leave the normal supply and maintenance traceability channels, we become suspect and we enter into an infernal spiral that will lead to accidents. This is exactly what happened in Iran. »

A quote from Bernard Vilmer, aeronautical expert

Embargoed, Iran first cannibalized aircraft to recover spare parts, then saw the number of air accidents increase.

Everything will depend on the latitude that will be given to companies by the Russian air regulator.

Authorities can make decisions to promote air traffic at the expense of safety, fears an aviation safety expert speaking on condition of anonymity.

Russia, which spans 11 time zones, is highly dependent on air connections to serve its huge territory.

States are free to impose their own criteria airworthiness, such as extending the number of flight hours between two mandatory visits to the workshop, reminds this expert.

There are safety margins and tolerances put in place by manufacturers and certifiersabounds Mr. Vilmer.

But the long-term risk for Russian planes is, according to him, to appear on blacklists and to be banned from the skies of neighboring countries for safety reasons, failing to respect the rules of the manufacturers or the certifying authorities of Airbus and Boeing, the ‘EASA in Europe, the FAA in the United States.

Besides the cannibalizationcompanies may also be tempted to recover parts through the bandpoints out the air safety expert, according to which there is a parallel market counterfeits or misappropriated parts.

Unscrupulous companies from other countries could thus be tempted to buy more spare parts than necessary and then resell them.

But it can only last for a whilethe traceability of the parts making that the manufacturer will notice it, according to Mr. Vilmer, for whom trade between Russia and the rest of the world will be permanently affected by these measures of penalties.

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