Impact on Russian Aviation – Aircraft Manufacturers and GDS Suppliers Cut Ties with Russia
The three major aircraft manufacturers, Airbus, Boeing and Embraer, have withdrawn all services from Russia since Russia invaded Ukraine. Boeing and Airbus account for almost two-thirds of the Russian fleet – 332 Boeings and 304 Airbuses.
Saber, which acts as Aeroflot’s online reservation agent, will no longer allow customers to reserve seats.
After the EU imposed sanctions on Russia, Russian airlines were banned from buying planes, spare parts and equipment from EU companies. Airbus decided that it would not be able to sell planes and parts to Russian airlines.
“In line with the international sanctions currently in place, Airbus has suspended support services to Russian airlines, as well as the supply of spare parts to the country. Services provided by the Airbus Engineering Center in Russia (ECAR) have also been suspended. suspended pending further review.”
About 340 Airbus aircraft and 230 Airbus helicopters are in service in Russia. Airbus Helicopter accounts for 47% of helicopters in Russia.
The American aircraft manufacturer Boeing also announced the temporary closure of its Kiev office in addition to the suspension of its pilot training activities in Russia. Boeing has decided to suspend the supply of parts and maintenance support for Russian airlines. About 300 Boeing aircraft are in service in Russia.
“We have suspended major operations in Moscow and temporarily closed our office in Kyiv. We are also suspending parts, maintenance and technical support services for Russian airlines. As the conflict continues, our teams are focusing on the safety of our teammates in the area.”
The sanctions will block the delivery of new planes to Russian airlines this year. Boeing alone was to deliver 25 Boeing 737 MAX to Utair. In total, Russian airlines expected the delivery of 37 aircraft this year. Russian flag carrier Aeroflot also has an order book of 13 Airbus A350 jumbo jets. These sanctions will leave the Russian air force increasingly isolated.
After Airbus and Boeing, Embraer has also confirmed that it will suspend the supply of parts and aircraft to Russia. Two Russian airlines, S7 Airlines and Pegas Fly, operate Embraer jets. Several private and charter jet operators also use the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer’s business jets.
“Embraer is closely monitoring developments and has complied, and will continue to comply, with international sanctions imposed on Russia and parts of Ukraine by suspending parts, maintenance and support services. technical support for customers affected by the sanctions.”
S7 Airlines operates a fleet of 17 Embraer E170s, while Pegas Fly operates six of the larger E190 jets. Embraer business jets are in service with several Russian charter operators, including Sirius-Aero, RusJet and PremierAvia.
In addition, S7 Airlines also provides MRO services to Embraer aircraft through its subsidiary, S7 Technics. The subsidiary has a line maintenance center at six destinations in Russia, including Domodedovo, Sheremetyevo, Tolmachevo, Vladivostok, Yakutsk and Irkutsk.
In addition to aircraft manufacturers, the German maintenance group Lufthansa Technik has also stopped serving Russian airlines.
Leasing company to take over planes
EU sanctions announced on February 27 force European leasing companies to end their financial ties with Russia within 30 days. Those who lease aircraft from Russian operators must repossess their own aircraft, a task made increasingly difficult by airspace restrictions and legal procedures.
Western leasing companies will attempt to repossess jets operated by Russian airlines, with 515 planes leased from foreign companies, according to aviation and air travel data firm Cirium.
Saber cuts ties with Aeroflot
On Thursday, Saber, the world’s largest ticket booking software provider, said it had ended its tie with Aeroflot, cutting off Russia’s ability to book flights on its own national carrier. Saber provides flight reservations, passenger services, operations, scheduling and network management systems to airlines.
Saber said it was taking “immediate action” to remove Aeroflot from its global distribution system (GDS). The system uses software networks to distribute airline tickets.
“Saber has been following developments in Ukraine with growing concern. From the beginning, our primary focus has been the safety of our team members in the affected region, as well as doing our part to support relief efforts. We respect and will continue to respect the sanctions imposed on Russia.
Sean Menke, CEO of Saber
The termination of the agreement with Saber will also impact Aeroflot’s domestic operations. However, Aeroflot said it would continue to carry passengers.
Amadeus sever ties with Russian Airlines
Alongside Saber, Amadeus IT Group has also suspended the distribution of state-supported airline fares. The Spanish IT group provides flight reservation software for S7 and Ural Airlines. The tech company also said it was ending new business projects in Russia.
“We will not sign any new contracts in Russia and we continue to evaluate our existing work portfolio in Russia in parallel. We can confirm that we have started suspending the distribution of Aeroflot fares in our systems. At the same time, we continue to assess and assess the potential impact of international sanctions imposed on Russia and any countermeasures by Russia.
Amadeus IT Group Spokesperson
The end of Russian aviation?
These measures will severely cripple and isolate the Russian commercial aviation sector. If the sanctions and restrictions continue, it will seriously affect the capacity of Russian airlines and the majority of planes will be grounded in Russia.
Russia’s aviation industry accounted for around 6% of flights worldwide last year.