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Double registration of aircraft leased in Russia contrary to important principles of aviation -UN

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A man eats lunch in front of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) main building in Montreal, Quebec, Canada June 15, 2017. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi

March 12, 2022

MONTREAL (Reuters) – Any dual registration of foreign-owned planes leased by Russian airlines would be inconsistent with parts of a key agreement laying out the basic principles for global aviation, the United Nations Aviation Authority said by email on Friday .

The Russian government said Thursday it had proposed registering foreign planes leased by Russian airlines as airline property and giving them Russian airworthiness certificates.

Western bans imposed after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine give most leasing companies until March 28 to sever ties with Russian airlines – sparking a game of cat-and-mouse from Asia to Africa while lenders despair try to seize planes.

Russia is trying to get around this by re-registering the foreign-owned planes in Russia, said a source familiar with this week’s discussions on the issue by the Governing Council of the United Nations International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Since most foreign-owned aircraft operated under lease by Russian airlines are registered in Bermuda, Russia will allow the aircraft to be dual-registered, a second source said.

ICAO, in an email reply to Reuters, said the dual registration was inconsistent with Article 18 of the 1944 Convention Concerning International Civil Aviation, known as the Chicago Convention, which states that “an airplane may not be flown in more than one state can be validly registered”.

Montreal-based ICAO said it has contacted the Russian government asking for confirmation and more details, but has not yet received a response.

ICAO cannot impose rules on governments, but sets standards that are overwhelmingly followed by its 193 member countries.

(Reporting by Allison Lampert in Montreal. Additional reporting by Tim Hepher in Paris; Editing by Jonathan Oatis and Rosalba O’Brien)

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