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Russian air carriers are disassembling planes

Forced by economic sanctions because they are short of spare parts

The flag carrier Aeroflot, like all other Russian air carriers, is reportedly disassembling some planes to make sure it has spare parts. A phenomenon started by the economic sanctions imposed by the international community on Russia because of the armed invasion in Ukraine, which prevent Moscow companies from purchasing parts for their aircraft abroad. 

It is "only a matter of time" before Russian-based aircraft are cannibalized. Suffice it to say that the new generations of A-320neo and A-350 aircraft, as well as the B-737 MAX and B-787, have technology that needs to be constantly updated, said a source quoted by the British news agency "Reuters".

This would be confirmed by a circular issued in June by the Federal Aviation Agency Rosaviatsia, according to which it suggest to use parts of aircraft to ensure the operation of other aircraft. The goal of the recommendation is to ensure full operation until 2025. 

The phenomenon does not only affect foreign-made aircraft, such as Airbus and Boeing. In fact, according to sources cited by British journalists, at least one Russian-made Sukhoi Superjet 100 and one A-350 from the Aeroflot airline are currently reportedly on the ground being dismantled. This is because the Sukhoi Superjets are assembled in Russia but with engines manufactured abroad.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency