Valery Kudinov, a Rosaviatsia official responsible for maintaining airplane airworthiness), revealed that China had refused to provide Russian airlines with aircraft parts after Western countries imposed sanctions against Moscow. He said Russia would look for opportunities to obtain airplane parts from other nations, including Turkey and India.

According to Interfax, Kudinov announced China’s unwillingness to provide components for Russian aircraft on Thursday, March 10, at MRO Russia and CIS 2022 fair. He added that airlines should negotiate purchases separately. They would return part of their passenger plane fleet to their lessors.

India and Turkey might be Moscow’s alternatives then.

The European Union announced in late February that it closed its skies to Russian airlines, banned the supply of new civil aircraft and spare components, and maintenance and insurance services. The major lessors also proclaimed the end of cooperation with Russia and requested the planes’ return.

According to Interfax, the termination of contracts with Russian airlines will be until the end of March.

In a March 10 article by Russian News Agency TASS Kudinov said, “Part of the fleet will be given back.”

Due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Airbus, Boeing, Embraer, and Bombardier have ceased support for Russian airlines, including the provision of spare parts and aircraft maintenance.

According to Star, while the Rosaviatsiya did not refute Kudinow’s comments, it did say that Kudinov is not permitted to speak on behalf of the agency.

MRO Russia and CIS 2022 fair is the largest maintenance-repair-overhaul (MRO) event in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. It is held in Moscow from March 10-11. This 17th international exhibition and professional conference has attracted 80 exhibitors from 25 countries and 980 visitors to share and discuss strategies in aircraft maintenance.

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