Pobeda, a Russian airline, is apparently preparing to reduce its fleet by roughly 40% and keep the remaining 16 Boeing 737-800 planes grounded until the end of 2022.
According to several media sources, Pobeda, the low-cost branch of Russia’s flag airline Aeroflot, is reducing its Boeing 737-800 fleet from 41 to 25 aircraft.
- According to the sources, the airline’s acting general director, Andrey Yurikov, wrote a letter to the airline’s employees.
- According to reports, Yurikov argues in the letter that the decision will allow the airline to build up a spare parts stock that will endure “until the lost supply channels are restored.”
- Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the European Union and the United States put sanctions on the country, forbidding aircraft, replacement parts, and other relevant equipment from being sold to Russian airlines.
Several major aerospace corporations have severed connections with Russia since then, notably Boeing, which declared on March 2, 2022 that parts, maintenance, and technical assistance for Russian carriers would be suspended.
“We have temporarily closed our office in Kyiv and ceased key operations in Moscow.”
For Russian airlines, we are also suspending parts, maintenance, and technical support services. Our teams are focused on protecting the safety of our coworkers in the region as the crisis continues, the American company said at the time.
Pobeda’s fleet consists of of Boeing 737-800 planes.
The airline announced the suspension of international operations on March 5, 2022, in accordance to a proposal by the country’s Federal Air Transport Agency.
Except for flights to Egypt, which are cancelled until May 15, most flights are banned until the end of April 2022.
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