The West’s Paper plane Attack on Russia’s civil aviation has had BIG IMPACTs

West's paper planes attacking Rosaviatsia
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In reponse to the Putin invasion of Ukraine, the West has launched an attack on Russia’s civil aviation

International Regulatory papers have caused havoc 

Impacts have been substantial, diminished Rosaviatsia’s standing

Likely no more international financing, western aircraft sales, overflights and spare parts

The countermeasures by the West to punish Putin for his unjustifiable attack on the Ukraine have been well publicized. What has been the impact of this multinational launch of paper planes by Bermuda, Ireland, the UK, the EU and the US?

HERE are some reports of how MOTHER Russia has been hurt:


Impact of the War on the Russian and Ukrainian Airline Industry

airspace impact

[Basically, Russian aircraft are confined to Domestic flights. When they end this war, will the sanctions continue?]

Russia airlines with leases from the West 

[The real significance of this chart is that Russia will be unable to get foreign financing of any kind. These airlines are so dependent on foreign capital and registration is that their government taxes their revenues so heavily!!! ] A4A?

Russia's future aircraft orders

[This chart shows that the Russian airlines expect to need increased capacity. Their future orders are heavily from their MOTHER Russia OEMs. Neither Airbus nor Boeing show significant future sales to these sanctioned airlines.]


Russian regulator faces safety backlash

The invasion of Ukraine has consequences in civil aviation

Russia’s move to re-register hundreds of foreign-owned aircraft in the light of sanctions imposed as a result of its invasion of Ukraine has prompted a safety backlash from European regulators.

To date, Russian authorities have transferred 571 Western-built passenger aircraft to the domestic register, out of a total of 781, according to First Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov.


Airlines in Russia had been using hundreds of aircraft assigned to the Bermudan and Irish registries, and the two overseas aviation authorities have safety oversight responsibility for these fleets.


Re-registration without their owners’ consent is a breach of ICAO standards and both the Bermudan and Irish authorities have withdrawn the certificates of airworthiness for the aircraft operated by Russian carriers.

Stabilising the transport system and organising new logistics corridors, Belousov says, are among the government’s priorities.

The transport network has received a “double impact”, he says, from restrictions resulting from international sanctions and a “dramatic” change in the directional flow of goods.

Russian airlines will be subsidised by the government, says Belousov, receiving up to Rb110 billion ($1.3 billion) to support their operations.

Some Rb27.5 billion will be allocated to ensuring connections are maintained in the eastern regions of Russia, as well as Crimea and Kaliningrad. Another Rb19.5 billion will be set aside to refund passengers for cancelled flights.


But European regulators have expressed doubts over Russia’s ability to exercise sufficient safety oversight of the aircraft.

The European Commission has detailed its reasons for blacklisting 21 airlines over their continued operation of hundreds of those aircraft.

In documentation accompanying the blacklist, the Commission states that Russian air transport regulator Rosaviatsia has assumed oversight functions “without any co-ordination” with its Bermudan and Irish counterparts.

“There is no verifiable evidence to conclude that [Rosaviatsia] has developed the necessary safety oversight capacity to adequately perform such an extended oversight responsibility on such short notice, and over such an extensive number of aircraft,” it adds.

Rosaviatsia had previously stated that it had granted extended certification to a number of maintenance organisations to broaden their capabilities to include additional Airbus and Boeing models.


The Russian government has sought to assume oversight responsibility by placing the aircraft on the domestic register, without the consent of the aircraft owners or safety-related collaboration with the Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority or Irish Aviation Authority.

Such action is “in breach” of the Chicago Convention article which states that aircraft cannot be validly registered in more than one country, the Commission documentation says.

“As a result of the applicable restrictive measures, engineering and technical support to [Russian airlines] has become limited,” it adds.

Rosaviatsia[1] had previously been informed by the Commission of its concerns regarding aviation safety oversight, and the potential for airlines being blacklisted, and was given the opportunity to use its right of defence by testifying before the EU’s air safety committee.


Given the “absence of willingness” from Rosaviatsia to co-operate with the Commission and EU governments, and its demonstration of “serious safety deficiencies” by allowing flights to take place “in breach of relevant international safety standards, the Commission has added the Russian operators – which include several major airlines, among them Aeroflot, S7 Airlines, Ural Airlines and Utair – to its blacklist.

safety conscerns about Rosaviatsia

[ The international network for aviation safety, especially aircraft certification, relies heavily on mutual respect. The quotes from the EC clearly establish that the comity, that may have existed in the past, will require major repairs before Rosaviatsia will receive ANY consideration for TC approval for years. Putin’s goal to export  its “developing” civil aircraft (SSJ-100, MC21) may have been a dream, now has a marketing map with very few customers marked.]

Russian Airlines May Be Forced To Ground Their Sukhoi SSJ Fleets

SSJ maintenance problem


Russia’s aviation market is proud of its homegrown Sukhoi Superjet 100. However, the country’s airlines may soon have to ground the type due to a critical factor laying at the hands of French entities.

Airline anxieties

IrAero General Director Yuri Lapin warned Igor Kobzev, Governor of the Irkutsk Region that airlines flying the SSJ100 “won’t be able to ensure the repair and mechanical suitability” of the PowerJet SaM146 engines. Russian media outfit RBC shares that the director’s concerns relate to sanctions in place by the United States and European Union.

Safran is responsible for the overall design and certification of all versions of the SaM146. The company also notes that it oversees “the development and production of the engine core, control systems and power transmission, system integration and flight testing.”

Today, Aeroflot, along with its subsidiary Rossiya are prominent holders of the type. Other regional outfits such as Azimuth, Red Wings Airlines, Yamal Airlines, Seversal Aircompany, Yakutia Airlines, Gazpromavia, and Comlux KZ.


some of Russia's SSJ 100s operators

IrAero holds two SSJ100s and five SSJ100LRs. Therefore, it’s not a surprise that it’s keen to address any operational issues. After all, the plane dominates the fleet. Other than the SSJ, the airline holds a CRJ100LR and an A319, and the latter is also grounded.

[ this story is indicative of a lot of technical and mechanical issues that already exist and are likely to get worse.]

Explainer: How sanctions against Russia are battering the global aviation industry

March 8 (Reuters) – Russia’s size and close integration into the global aviation industry since the end of the Cold War means sanctions related to its invasion of Ukraine are having outsized consequences relative to earlier freezes on Iran and North Korea.

Russian airlines have 62 planes on order with Airbus and Boeing, according to aviation consulting firm IBA, and those deliveries will be barred

spare parts and Rostavia Inspector Badge

Manufacturers and maintenance firms are also banned from providing parts and services for the existing fleet.

Germany’s Lufthansa Technik (LHAG.DE) said it had stopped serving Russian customers, involving hundreds of planes.

Tass news agency reported the Russian transport ministry had drawn up a draft bill to help airlines until September 2022 that would allow maintenance by third-party firms and suspend all inspections of carriers. 

Some aviation executives are concerned that the sanctions prevent planemakers from sharing service bulletins and airworthiness directives that are key for safety.

Viktor Berta, vice president of aviation finance advisory at ACC Aviation, said there was also a high risk that Russian airlines would need to strip parts from their existing fleet once spares run out.

sanctions have isolated Russian civil aviation


It is most unfortunate that a “military” sanction is having impact on Russia’s civil aviation safety. There must be consequences to Putin’s irrational act and launching a paper airplane attack seems more than  justified.

sanctions on Putin's attack of Ukraine

[1] CIS’ NTSB : Flight Safety “Worsening” There a 2018 opinion expressed by Russia’s NTSB function. The FAA lowered Russia’s IASA rating to Cat 2


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