Russian airlines advised not to fly state-leased aircraft abroad

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The Russian Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsiya) has issued warnings to Russian airlines regarding the risk of some of their leased aircraft being seized abroad.

The airliners at risk are those leased by sanctioned foreign subsidiaries of the State Transport Leasing Company (GTLK). Flights to Belarus and Turkey are not affected.

โ€œThe decision was made due to the risk of seizure of aircraft of foreign subsidiaries of State Transport Leasing Company, which are undergoing bankruptcy proceedings,โ€ a source told Interfax.

In May 2023, two Irish-based subsidiaries of the company, GTLK Europe Capital DAC and GTLK Europe DAC, saw their assets seized after Ireland’s High Court ordered the liquidation of the two state-owned Russian leasing firms.

Reportedly, this notice has already caused delays in international flight schedules, namely services operated by S7 Airlines towards Bangkok, Thailand, and Dubai.

In January 2023, Russiaโ€™s flag carrier Aeroflot purchased 10 stranded Boeing 777 jets from unnamed Irish aircraft leasing companies as an attempt to circumvent sanctions imposed following Russiaโ€™s invasion of Ukraine.

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