NEW YORK, May 22. /TASS/. Russia’s flagship air carrier Aeroflot will soon face parts shortages and may start disassembling some of its planes for spare parts, Bloomberg said on Sunday, citing expert estimates.
"The vast majority of the group’s more than 350 planes are Airbus or Boeing models, and it is facing a looming parts deficit. Aviation data specialists IBA estimate Russian airlines have supplies to last three months and then may start cannibalizing aircraft for parts," it said.
According to Bloomberg, Russian-made planes will cannot compensate for the shortages of imported models.
Meanwhile, Aeroflot said on April 7 that the company was continuing to operate in line with its flight program amid the US sanctions. It pledged it will continue to operate in any environment.
On April 7, the US Department of Commerce deprived Russia’s Aeroflot, Utair and Azur Air of access to US-made products and banned reexports of US commodity from other countries. The sanctions were imposed for a term of 180 day with a possible extension.
Earlier, on February 24, the United States imposed restrictions of aviation sector exports to Russia. All US-made planes and planes having more than 25% of US-made parts are to have special license in case of export to Russia or Belarus.