Due to sanctions in other countries, 76 passenger planes of Russian airlines that were in technical parking, maintenance, or preparing for flights were seized. This was reported by RBC with reference to the head of the Ministry of Transport Vitaly Savelyev.
“We were unexpectedly taken by surprise by the decision to take away the planes; in total, we lost 76 passenger ships that were in technical parking, serviced abroad, or some flights were going to do it. We simply arrested them,” Savelyev clarified.
The head of the Ministry of Transport also said that there are currently 1,302 aircraft in Russia, of which 1,167 are passenger airliners. The Association of Tour Operators wrote that by April 20, 2022, the agency reported a commercial aircraft fleet of 1,287 units, including 1,101 passenger ships. By that time, 67.1% of the fleet consisted of foreign-made aircraft, they accounted for 95% of passenger turnover.
After the outbreak of the war in Ukraine, the largest Russian airlines and their managers came under sanctions from the European Union, Canada, the United States and other countries. In addition, Boeing and Airbus suspended supplies of spare parts to Russia and ceased maintenance and support for aircraft of Russian airlines; due to restrictions, leasing agreements were terminated.
In September last year, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) gave Russia a “red flag” on its flight safety audit page in 187 countries around the world. In May, Project found that Russian airlines had reduced flight safety requirements due to a shortage of spare parts. Recently, airlines turned to the relevant departments with a request to extend the technical shelf life of An-24 and An-26 passenger aircraft, most of which will soon have to be written off.