By Peter McLaren-Kennedy • 02 March 2022 • 21:06
Airbus pulls out of Russia image: wikimedia commons - anna zvereva
The latest corporate giant who pulls out of Russia is the airplane manufacturer Airbus, who have said it will no longer support the country’s aviation industry.
The announcement follows the move by rival Boeing who said on Tuesday, March 1 that it was suspending all parts, maintenance and technical support to Russia following its invasion of neighbour Ukraine.
The suspension of support by the world’s two leading airplane manufacturers along with the complete closure of European and US airspace, leaves the country increasingly isolated.
The Russian flag carrier Aeroflot runs a fleet of A320, A330 and A350 Airbus planes, which are or certainly should be grounded without spares and the appropriate technical support.
Airbus said: “In line with international sanctions now in place, Airbus has suspended support services to Russian airlines, as well as the supply of spare parts to the country.
“Services provided by the Airbus Engineering Centre in Russia (ECAR) have also been suspended pending further review.”
The announcement is just the latest in a long line of companies that have pulled out of the country, have dumped their investments or said they will no longer support services in Russia.
Airbus’ decision to suspend support to Russia and specifically Aeroflot, will hurt the public transport system in the country. However it may hurt the average Russian more than it will those who are waging war.
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Originally from South Africa, Peter is based on the Costa Blanca and is a web reporter for the Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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