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In Russia, Western planes are falling apartAn Airbus A320-232 with the tail number YU-APH made its first flight on December 13, 2005. Since then, the aircraft has clocked millions of miles, flying routes for Air Deccan, Kingfisher Airlines, Bingo Airways, and Syphax Airlines before being taken over by Air Serbia, the Eastern European country’s national flag carrier, in 2014. For eight years, YU-APH flew without any issues—until it landed at 10:37 pm on May 25, 2022, at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport. It had flown in from… (arstechnica.com) More...
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What is Russia thinking? Consequences of the harebrained Ukraine 'adventure' are immediate...and denial won't help. Any A/C loss will be placed at the feet of the 'West' and/or sanctions. Time for a change in the cockpit at the Kremlin...while a soft landing is still possible.
Denial is not a River in Egypt
the purloined western airliners leased by russian airlines are worthless and unsafe to return to the skies as parts replacement and normal maintenance cannot be performed. The tactic to deny parts makes the airliners unairworthy. Russian airlines are prevented from long haul operations, and the leasing companies have had their pockets picked for billions of dollars of lease revenues as well as the complete loss of assets those planes represent. Boeing and AIrbus will sell replacement aircraft to the leasing companies with not much visible difficulty. Even if Putin allowed the leased aircraft to leave Russia the flights would not be legal or safe. What a mess.
With Russia seizing and re-registering leased aircraft (stealing them), no leasing company will ever do business with them again. Russian airlines would have to buy them with straight cash.
Hope they don't
Russia doesn't deserve aircraft support from the west. Let Putin get ousted by his own people and pelted with stones.