Vain hopes: Russia failed to agree on the supply of aircraft parts in circumvention of sanctions
None of the countries friendly to the Kremlin agreed to become a supplier of spare parts for civil aviation in circumvention of sanctions. Therefore, the numerous fleet of Boeing and Airbus stolen by the Russians is living out its last months.
According to Channel 24 sources in the Ukrainian special services , Russian engineers from various airlines have come to the conclusion that they will not be able to support the fleet of foreign aircraft even in a condition that is conditionally safe for flights in the summer of 2023. At the same time, the hopes of Russian officials that they would be able to negotiate with partner countries on the supply of spare parts turned out to be futile.
Of course, the Russians somehow find some of the details they need, but such cases are so rare that there is no question of maintaining civil aviation in a normal state.
No one wants to be substituted because of Putin
- As you know, the Kremlin officially approved its airlines to steal planes from leasing companies after the civilized world imposed sanctions against Russia.
- After that, all foreign manufacturing companies in this area lost the opportunity to cooperate with the bunker Fuhrer regime, and the terrorist country’s not quite large fleet is about 544 Airbus and Boeing aircraft. All these boards have been cut off for more than a year from normal maintenance, software updates and generally access to new spare parts.
- Therefore, Russian engineers repair aircraft as soon as they can, and if it is necessary to replace one or another part, they try to remove it from other aircraft.
- It is clear that no intensive maintenance every 180 – 200 flights, timely replacement of technical fluids is simply impossible. Not to mention the planned thorough checks that are carried out by the manufacturer's representatives once every 10 years.
- The Russians simply stole foreign planes and independently allowed their use in violation of a number of articles of the charter of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), which, by the way, is a UN agency.
When Putin made the decision not to return the property of leasing companies, he hoped for a quick victory over Ukraine and a return to normal relations with the world community. In addition, he and his team believed that domestic specialists would be able to service aircraft, and Europe would not block access to spare parts for them “for humane reasons.” Or finally, that Russia will be able to easily negotiate with allied countries on the supply of parts in circumvention of sanctions.
But that didn't happen. Representatives of any dictatorships with access to world markets did not want to violate international laws so brazenly and be under the threat of applying secondary restrictions.
The fact is that for any repair or maintenance of an aircraft, airlines must register each replaced part, as well as indicate documents on its origin. That is, if, for example, on a Boeing 737 aircraft, the pressure sensor of the air conditioning system is replaced, the engineers must enter the part number that they supplied instead of the faulty one. Using this documentation, it is very easy to track the entire history of the spare part from the moment of production to the sale by the operating airline.
In addition, the vast majority of Russian aircraft are new and modern, which can be used mainly by wealthy countries. For example, the very Iran that would willingly exchange something in exchange for technology to create nuclear weapons cannot even dream of the appearance of the Airbus A320 or Boeing-737. So, not all states that are still friends with Putin have the physical ability to share parts purchased from the manufacturer. However, they do not want to risk falling under sanctions for the whims of some 70-year-old dictator, if only because of the possible consequences for themselves.
The average Chinese airlines have more aircraft in their fleet than Russia actually has, and banning hundreds of planes would hurt them so financially that Moscow would never be able to compensate. Therefore, the aviation of the terrorist country found itself in a hopeless situation.
Not even enough tires for the chassis
Currently, all Russian companies operate only 451 aircraft, although they officially have 544 aircraft. This difference is due to poor technical condition and cannibalism. And there is no doubt that in the future the Russian civil aviation fleet will rapidly decrease. Because even now engineers from the swamps are faced with even such a banal problem as a lack of tires. With each landing, the rubber on the aircraft chassis wears out very seriously, and in order to continue its operation, airlines send tires to manufacturers for restoration.
It is clear that Aeroflot, Pobeda and other companies cannot use such services, and spare sets of rubber in their warehouses are already running out.
And if even now in Russia they use aircraft that did not undergo maintenance on time, were repaired in violation of the norms or did not receive a high-quality spare part, then in the summer, when the parts become inaccessible or worn out, there will be no question of flight safety.