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Russia protects domestic air carriers

Moscow starts registration of foreign aircraft to ensure certifications and operations

In the last hours Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law to protect the operations of national air carriers that have in their fleet aircraft manufactured abroad or leased through foreign leasing companies. Airlines will be able to enter these aircraft in the national register, being guaranteed to obtain a certificate of airworthiness on the national territory.

"There are 176 airplanes registered in the Russian register, including 21 aircraft of the UTair company, 38 of Rossiya, 2 of Izhavia, 27 of Pobeda and 80 of Aeroflot", said in recent days an official of the Russian Federal Air Transport Agency (Favt), Valery Kudinov.

The aim of the law is to preserve the fleet of Russian operators, ensuring the basic functioning of civil aviation in Russia. A decision that represents a response to the economic sanctions imposed by Western countries due to Moscow's armed invasion in Ukraine. For this reason Airbus and Boeing had announced the suspension of services, including maintenance, in Russia. 

The law signed by the Russian president, therefore, introduces a series of amendments in the Russian aviation code: in order to ensure the continuity of air transport, civil aircraft will be certified using Russian safety assessment centers and Russian test laboratories. Requirements are determined by the Ministry of Transport, not by international provisions. 

On the same subject see also the article published by AVIONEWS.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency
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