Aeroflot lacks front wings, headlights, auxiliary power plants, air intakes, oxygen generators and engines.
In the ninth month of the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, about 50 Aeroflot planes are idle and do not fly.
As the Baza Telegram channel reports , in fact, more than a quarter of the aircraft fleet of the aggressor country’s company is on standby, while some of the planes have already been dismantled for spare parts.
According to the report, 25 boards are now being “cannibalized”. “The serviceable parts are already being removed from them and rearranged on other planes.
Another 18 boards are undergoing maintenance and waiting for repair. “However, they can wait a long time – Aeroflot lacks front wings, headlights, auxiliary power plants, air intakes, oxygen generators and engines,” the message reads.
It is also clarified that there is a problem with braking devices: the airline has only a few similar parts for different types of aircraft.
“One of the Boeing 737s, for example, is in storage due to spilled mercury in the luggage compartment. Its European counterpart, the Airbus 350, cannot take off and land due to the lack of spare wheels. Another part of the machines (four Airbuses) is handed over to the lessor from 2020-2021, and three aircraft from the fleet are simply arrested and cannot fly,” the message reads.
The war in Ukraine and the collapse of the Russian aircraft fleet:
After the start of a full-scale Russian military invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, the European Union, the United States, and a number of other countries introduced anti-Russian sanctions that hit Russian civil aviation hard .
In particular, the European Union closed its airspace to all Russian airlines, and most of the world’s air carriers stopped flying to Russia. In addition, Europe has suspended the validity of aircraft suitability certificates of all Russian airlines .
As a result, in the first quarter of 2022, Russian airlines experienced record losses in the last eight years, which reached 61.1 billion rubles (about 1 billion dollars at the current exchange rate). At the same time, the loss for the same period in 2021 was estimated at 33.3 billion rubles, and in 2020, when flights were limited or canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic – 55.5 billion rubles.
March 28, 2022 is the deadline for Russian airlines to return more than 400 leased planes worth almost $10 billion . Russian Minister of Transport Vitaly Saveliev admitted that Western-made leased planes stolen by the Russian Federation will never be able to leave the territory of the Russian Federation .
In June, the Washington Post reported that Russian airlines are refusing to return more than 400 leased planes.
On August 1, pilots of airplanes in the Russian Federation were allowed to brake the engine to save the pads. It was also reported that Russian airlines, including state-controlled Aeroflot, are dismantling planes to have spare parts that they can no longer buy abroad due to Western sanctions.
On September 26, 2022, it became known that Russian airlines were excluded from the most prestigious rating.
On October 4, 2022, the world’s largest leasing company filed a lawsuit over planes stolen by Russia.
On October 17, a Su-34 supersonic fighter-bomber crashed into a residential building in Yeysk . Then 15 people died, the pilots managed to escape.
On October 23, a new plane crash occurred – in the Russian city of Irkutsk, a Su-30 fighter jet that took off from an aircraft factory crashed into a residential building . Two pilots who did not have time to eject were killed.
Oleksandr Kovalenko, a military and political observer of the “Information Resistance” group, believes that any Russian civilian or military aircraft is a potential killer of its passengers and pilots .
On November 3, 2022, in Irkutsk, the passenger plane A320 of “Ural Airlines” had a tire burst during landing . There were 83 passengers and six crew members on board.