• Thu. Jun 30th, 2022

Russia can fly jets for five years and source parts from China

ByRandall B. Phelps

Jun 21, 2022

Russia can rely on China to supply spare aircraft parts for its airlines and there are no restrictions on the supply of these spare parts, Chinese Ambassador to Russia Zhang Hanhui said. , to the TASS news agency.

“We are ready to supply spare parts to the Russian Federation. We will organize such cooperation,” he promised on June 17, adding that airlines are already working to secure “certain channels” and that “there are no restrictions from China. “.

As part of Western sanctions in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the European Union and the United States banned the sale and supply of Western-made aircraft and spare parts to airlines aircraft, as well as insurance or reinsurance for aircraft operated by Russia and their repairs. Moscow has since allowed the carriers to continue operating planes leased from foreign companies, most of which have now been transferred to the local registry.

Also on June 17, Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov told state broadcaster Russia-24 that Airbus and Boeing would continue to operate safely in Russia for at least the next five years, according to calculations by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Transport.

“The fleet of Airbus and Boeing aircraft currently registered in Russia provides transportation across the country. We cannot fly overseas. Naturally, there is an issue regarding the safe operation of these aircraft during this period. I think there are parallel import channels, and maybe the Russian industry can also replicate something,” he summed up.

“But he certainly won’t be able to replicate everything – we don’t have the technical or technological documentation. So we can agree that as the fleet degrades the spare parts will be phased out, and that has to be expected. Yet Department of Transport calculations show that we will be able to live off the operation of this fleet for another five years,” he continued.