After Russian aeroplanes are banned from numerous airspaces, they are having a hard time flying to available destinations.
Russian aircraft are banned from several countries and they have closed their air space for them. This action was taken in response to Russia’s Ukraine Invasion. The United Kingdom, the Entire European Union, Canada and US airspace are now unavailable for Russian commercial and private aircraft accordingly to individual terms of each country.
Under this serious sanction stormed on Russian National Flag Carrier Aeroflot Airlines. But they are trying to keep their other operations awake. They had 159 destinations (including seasonal) in 54 countries before the War. We did a little research to find more updated details. It seems nearly 109 destinations are still available including seasonal flights which are non-operational right now. But, nearly 50 destinations have been suspended as the Majority of North American and European air space are closed for them.
In addition to Air Space closure, Boeing Inc announced this week that they will discontinue its support to all Russian operated aircraft. Aeroflot alone got 59 Boeing aircraft in service respectively 37 Boeing 737-800 and 22 Boeing 777-300ER.
In addition to the Boeing support services, the US has imposed sanctions to avoid selling aircraft spare parts to Russia.
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With all of these sanctions, the Russian Aviation industry has no future for at least the next decade until they are developing their own complete aviation industry. As the aviation industry is so interconnected business, all passengers who fly with Russian operated aircraft will be faced immediate vulnerability.
Our team do not aware of the applicable sanctions to the Aviation industry from Germany and UK. If one of those two countries impose the same sanctions as the USA, Aeroflot will face a huge issue. Despite the manufacturer, most aircraft are powered by British Made Rolls Royce Engines. If the UK imposes sanctions, it will affect a multi-manufacturer basis.
In 2017, Qatar Airways was banned by a few Middle Eastern air spaces and they faced big difficulties as they left small passages to operate any flight from Doha & to Doha. Russia is experiencing similar these days. Despite the huge land area belonging to Russia, only a few flights fly across Russian air space as most of Russia is freaking cold and has no available airport facilities. So the sanctions have imposed by Russia on other countries are comparatively have little effect.
We just traced the flight path of Aeroflot SU158 flew from Russian Capital, Moscow to Cancun International airport, Mexico. Instead of flying through the safe air space of the Mediterranean which has tons of airports with maximum safety assistance, Russian flight flew all the way to Arctics and fly to the North sea to come across the Atlantic to Mexico.
This route is vulnerable to passengers, pilots face extra challenges, too long and non-fuel efficient. But, President Putin left no choice to Aeroflot pilots.
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