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Russia’s largest cargo airline is suspending all Boeing flights

FILE PHOTO: Planes at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport in Roissy-en-France
FILE PHOTO: An AirBridgeCargo Airlines Boeing 747-87U arrives at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport in Roissy-en-France carrying 21 million face masks during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in France May 25, 2020. REUTERS/ Karl Platinau

March 18, 2022

(Reuters) – Russia’s largest cargo airline Volga-Dnepr Group has grounded all flights on Boeing planes due to western sanctions, it said on Friday.

Sanctions have disrupted deliveries of most planes and parts to Russia. The United States and Europe have closed their airspace to Russian airlines, and Moscow has responded by imposing the same measure on them.

Volga-Dnepr said in a statement it has suspended operations of two of its subsidiaries – AirBridgeCargo and Atran – which operate 18 Boeing 747 and 6 Boeing 737 aircraft, due to sanctions and a decision by the Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority (BCAA), to cancel their security certificates.

“The management of Volga Dnepr made a conscious decision to find a possible solution together with partners and state regulators,” it said.

Volga-Dnepr, which bills itself as a global leader in the oversized and heavy cargo market, continues to fly Russian-made aircraft, including the An-124 and Il-76 cargo jets.

Russia has enacted a law allowing the country’s airlines to register planes leased by foreign companies on Russia’s aircraft register – a maneuver likely to fuel Western fears of a mass failure of hundreds of jetliners.

(edited by Kirsten Donovan)

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