Russian commercial airline Volga-Dniepr, which is Russia’s largest, is cutting almost all pilots (more than 200) employed on Boeing-type aircraft at the companies AirBridgeCargo and Atran, writes the newspaper RBK citing two sources close to the company.
“The company’s resources are not unlimited. Optimizing the numerical strength of the personnel is an imperative measure. This will be done gradually, in order to be able to maintain the fleet,” said the representative of Volga-Dniepr.
One of the newspaper’s sources said pilots were told of the job cuts at the end of July. The exact number of employees at the company who may lose their jobs is unknown. According to RBK’s source at the beginning of 2022 AirBridgeCargo employed more than 300 pilots and Atran around 110.
The company will retain only a few crews in case it receives permission from the Ministry of Transport to return the aircraft to foreign leasing companies.
In early July, some airlines turned to the Ministry of Transport, asking to return the aircraft to foreign leasing companies, Kommersant newspaper wrote. According to the newspaper, AirBridgeCargo planned to return 14 of the 16 Boeing 747 commercial aircraft parked at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport.
Yesterday, Reuters, citing four sources in the aviation industry, reported that the Russian airline Aeroflot and other Russian airlines have begun dismantling some aircraft to get spare parts because they cannot buy them abroad because of the sanctions. imposed on Russia after its invasion of Ukraine.
The actions of these companies are based on the recommendations given by the Russian government to the airlines in June. In this way, foreign-made aircraft will be able to fly at least until 2025.
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