April 21, 2024

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Western sanctions are having a disastrous effect on Russian aviation: more technical problems, forced landings and expensive tickets |  Ukraine and Russia war

Western sanctions are having a disastrous effect on Russian aviation: more technical problems, forced landings and expensive tickets | Ukraine and Russia war

It seems that Western sanctions are harming Russian aviation. According to the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, there are more technical problems and emergency landings due to the severe shortage of spare parts, maintenance and technical support. Passengers travel more and more unsafely and have to pay 15 to 30 percent more for it.

Most Russian airlines are of Western origin. It is usually leased for several years. However, due to Western sanctions, Boeing and Airbus have stopped providing spare parts and no longer provide technical support for more complex repairs to engines or landing gear, for example.

This also has an effect on devices made in Russia, which also contain many Western components. For example, fuel filters are no longer available, so airlines simply wash and reuse old filters. until it gets worse.

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Some spare parts can still be found – such as wheels and brakes – but they will arrive much slower and are much more expensive. They come from China, Turkey, and Iran, among other countries, and will cost three to four times as much and take three to four times as long to arrive.

However, engine parts cannot be imported, which means the airlines themselves have to get creative and make expensive repairs. For example, aircraft are taken out of circulation to be used for spare parts. The result is that the planes to fly are becoming increasingly unsafe.

Since the beginning of this year, we have received more frequent reports of malfunctions, cabin depressurization and forced landings on Western-made Russian Airlines aircraft. Among them are Aeroflot, Rossiya, Pobeda, Azur, UTair and others, according to Novaga Gazeta.

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As if that wasn’t bad enough, the Russian consumer also has to pay more for an airline ticket. After all, someone has to pay the extra cost for parts and maintenance. Last year, this was not yet the case because airlines received €1.96 billion in aid from the Russian government, but that is no longer the case. So the inevitable crisis that was imminent came too late.

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