All Ukraine crisis articles – Page 4

  • Russian air force Su-35

    Russia’s hesitant air force and the upcoming offensive in Ukraine


    Military analysts explain the significance of Russia’s lost flagship, why the country’s air force has been ineffective and what to expect in the coming offensive.

  • Smartavia A320neo-c-Anna Zvereva Creative Commons

    Over 570 foreign aircraft moved to Russian registry: deputy prime minister


    Russian authorities have transferred 571 foreign-built passenger aircraft to the domestic register, out of a total of 781, according to first deputy prime minister Andrei Belousov. Belousov disclosed the figure during a presentation on measures adopted by the government to stabilise the Russian economy in the face of sanction pressure. ...

  • Soldier launching Switchblade c Aerovironment

    ​Pentagon’s Ukraine aid package includes 11 Mi-17s, 300 Switchblades


    A new US government package to support Kyiv in its fight against Moscow’s invasion includes helicopters and loitering munitions.

  • Air Lease 737-800 title-c-Boeing

    Air Lease discloses extent of Russian fleet exposure


    US lessor Air Lease has disclosed that it has 21 owned aircraft remaining in Russia, following the termination of agreements for aircraft on lease to Russian operators. The lessor says it ended leases on all the aircraft in March. Air Lease previously counted operators including S7 Airlines, Nordwind, Ural Airlines ...

  • Tokyo Airbus A350

    How Russian airspace restrictions are adding hours to some Europe-Asia flights


    Recently introduced airspace restrictions are adding up to seven hours to round-trip flight times between Europe and Asia, according to analysis of Flightradar24 data by Eurocontrol.

  • Yamal A320-c-Alan Wilson Creative Commons

    Russian fleet will remain safe despite EU blacklisting: Rosaviatsia


    Russian federal air transport regulator Rosaviatsia insists the country’s foreign-owned fleet will be safely operated in spite of the European Commission blacklisting of several carriers over airworthiness concerns. Rosaviatsia says the Commission’s unilateral measure was “taken in absentia” and does take into account the actual technical condition of the leased ...

  • Ural A320neo title-c-Ural Airlines

    EU blacklists Russian carriers over continued operation of grounded aircraft


    All three Aeroflot Group carriers, plus S7 Airlines and Ural Airlines, are among 21 Russian operators blacklisted by the European Commission over safety concerns related to continued operation of aircraft seized by the Russian government. While Russian carriers are already barred from operating within the European Union, as part of ...

  • Aeroflot A350 title-c-Airbus

    Aeroflot appoints head of Rossiya as new chief executive


    Russian flag-carrier Aeroflot has confirmed a new chief executive, Sergei Alexandrovsky, who will succeed Mikhail Poluboyarinov. Alexandrovsky is the former head of group carrier Rossiya. Poluboyarinov had led the airline for less than 18 months since being appointed in November 2020. Aeroflot has not elaborated on the succession decision, confirmed ...

  • An-22-c-Dmytro Antonov

    An-22 among several Antonov aircraft damaged during Gostomel combat


    Ukrainian airframer Antonov has disclosed that several aircraft types, including an An-22 outsize freighter, were damaged during the firefight with Russian forces at Gostomel airport. The large four-engined An-22 had been – along with the six-engined An-225 – a highly-recognisable aircraft within the Ukrainian cargo fleet. Combat operations at Gostomel ...

  • Red Wings-c-Red Wings

    Russian firm looks to shift carriers onto domestic booking platform


    Russian state technology firm Rostec’s joint venture with Sirena-Travel is preparing to enable Russian carriers to transfer to a domestic reservations system, to protect against possible problems with foreign booking platforms. The venture, RT-Transcom, is carrying out preparations under a state order in order to “protect the industry”. It says ...

  • S7 Airlines-c-ACG

    Russian presidential decree orders aircraft lease payments in roubles


    Russian president Vladimir Putin has issued a decree setting out measures for fulfilling aircraft and engine lease payments, stating that they will be met in Russian currency. The decree on “temporary procedures” to meet obligations to certain foreign creditors was signed on 1 April. Hundreds of aircraft leased to Russian ...

  • CR929 family-c-United Aircraft

    Sino-Russian CR929 to be another casualty of Ukraine invasion


    As Russia’s aerospace sector reels under sanctions following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, a longer-term victim is likely to be the ambitious CR929 widebody, jointly developed by China and Russia. 

  • Pobeda 737-c-Pobeda

    Pobeda parks large part of fleet and concentrates Moscow network on Vnukovo


    Aeroflot Group’s budget carrier Pobeda is to cut back its operations, putting 40% of its fleet into storage and trimming its network in response to the constraints on Russian air transport. It will maintain services with 25 Boeing 737s but park 16 others. The airline will also suspend the transfer ...

  • MC-21-310 Dubai 2021

    MC-21 serial production delay forces Russia to look at fuel subsidy for older types


    Russia’s government is expecting serial production of the Irkut MC-21 to be pushed back by up to two years, and has outlined optimistic plans to ramp-up output of older, and less fuel-efficient, aircraft types in the interim. During a briefing that followed a presidential meeting on the state of the ...

  • S7 Airlines 737 title-c-Anna Zvereva Creative Commons

    AerCap could list first-quarter impairment against leased fleet in Russia


    Leasing giant AerCap is expecting to recognise an impairment on aircraft leased to Russian airlines which the company has been unable to retrieve. It says this impairment could be made as early as the first quarter of this year, but it stresses that it has “not determined the amount”. While ...

  • P4 Aruba registry-c-The Registry of Aruba

    Aruban registry implements varied restrictions on Russian fleet


    Aruba’s civil aviation regulator has introduced sanctions relating to aircraft based in Russia or connected with Russian entities. The measures are being imposed over the conflict in Ukraine, and follows similar actions by other states of registry. Aruba is an autonomous Dutch state but legally bound to follow European Union ...

  • Destroyed Russian tank turret

    Why Putin’s Ukraine campaign has backfired


    When Moscow’s forces invaded neighbouring nation on 24 February, the Kremlin seriously underestimated the resolve of Kyiv’s smaller military – and the international community.

  • AirBridgeCargo-c-Vytautas Kielaitis_Shutterstock

    Volga-Dnepr suspends Atran and AirBridgeCargo operations as sanctions bite


    Volga-Dnepr Group (VDG) has temporarily suspended operations at its AirBridgeCargo and Atran Airlines subsidiaries.

  • Sheremetyevo-c-Sheremetyevo airport

    Sheremetyevo implements furloughs as air traffic activity levels sink


    Moscow Sheremetyevo airport’s operator has furloughed a significant proportion of its workforce, putting the figure at about 20%, following the reduction in activity driven by sanctions on the Russian air transport sector. Affected personnel have been put on a special programme since 16 March, under which they are paid two-thirds ...

  • A-Technics-c-A-Technics

    Rosaviatsia extends MRO approvals to Russian carriers to service foreign aircraft


    Russian leisure carrier Azur Air has been granted clearance to conduct maintenance across its fleet if the aircraft are on the domestic register. Azur Air says it has received approval for maintenance on Boeing 777s and 737s from the federal air transport regulator Rosaviatsia. The company has technical facilities at ...