Dozens of Russian planes seized due to sanctions

In total, there are 780 chartered aircraft in Russia, 515 of which are from foreign companies. Fearing that those airlines would claim planes if they land outside Russia, the country has called on airlines to stop flying charter planes outside Russia and Belarus.

These aircraft were often registered overseas. For example, almost all Boeing and Airbus aircraft used by Russian Airlines are registered in Bermuda and Ireland. Last week, these two countries suspended certification of all aircraft operated by Russia. Then Russia allowed foreign parties to register aircraft in Russia.

The country had 1,367 aircraft when the sanctions were imposed. Of these, almost eight hundred are now registered in the Russian aircraft register.

Russia says it wants to resolve the dispute with the leasing companies. However, the Russians said the aircraft lessors did not want to negotiate a compensation or sale.

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