How Things Are Done In Russia

The Boeing 737 is the 3rd safest aircraft in the world after the 777 and the 747

The Boeing 737 is the 3rd safest aircraft in the world after the 777 and the 747

UPDATE: Rosaviation (Federal Air Transport Agency – a competing Russian aviation authority) says the IAC cannot prohibit Russian Boeings 737 from flying in Russia! (Forget it Jake; it’s Russia)

Russia’s Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC) on Thursday suspended the flight certificates for all Boeing 737 commercial airliners, the TASS news agency reported, citing safety concerns with the aircraft — one of the most widely used commercial aircraft designs in the world.

In a letter published on the body’s website Thursday evening, the IAC explained that all Boeing 737 aircraft in service with Russian airlines would lose their operating licenses until their safe operation could be ensured, TASS reported.

The letter was addressed to the heads of Russia’s aviation authority and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, urging modifications to the Boeing 737’s rudder control system, which helps control the aircraft.

Russia’s Air Transport Agency will hold a meeting on Friday with representatives of Russian airlines to discuss the fate of their fleets of 737s, TASS reported, citing agency spokesman Sergei Izvolsky.

The Boeing 737 is one of the world’s most popular commercial aircraft designs. Since 1967, the U.S. Boeing company has built about 8,000 737s.

One of Russia’s largest operators of 737 aircraft is the embattled Transaero, Russia’s largest private airline. Transaero is currently banned from operating flights, after state-owned airline Aeroflot and private airline S7 saw deals to buy controlling stakes in Transaero fall through.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Let me pose this question.
    If Putin were that awesome, then why is his country so damn corrupt?

    • Exile1981

      This is just another round of sanctions; just under another name.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        This is Aeroflot using their political connections to ground a rival Russian airline.
        Sanctions have nothing to do with this.

        • Exile1981

          So will the identical Aeroflot 737-800’s also be grounded? Aerofleet has 12 737-800’s with 8 more on order; S7 has 12 in service and another 8 scheduled for delivery this fall and Transaero has 12 of them and another 16 older 737 models in service.

          All of the older 737’s that Transaero has in service were supposed to be replaced next year by A320neo models but those have not been delivered yet.

          Also some of the other older 737’s were supposed to be replaced by the Irkut MC-21 which is a russian design meant to compete with the 737. Aerofleet has 50 on order with a 2016 delivery (though a delay till 2017 looks likely).

          Now those 737-800’s that S7 and Aerofleet own all were bought because the MC-21 has been delayed a few times. Your likely correct, but don’t forget that the russian gov’t could also be doing this to discourage airlines from buying the 737 and make them wait on the gov’t built MC-21.

        • Alain

          How different is this from crony capitalism in the West? Here the big multinationals are most often in bed with the government resulting in the government regulating their competitors out of business. One is as bad as the other, and we should not be practising this but we do.

    • Alain

      It would take more than one man, even Superman, to change the culture in Russia. The culture went from communist with plenty of corruption to a culture of pure corruption. For the most part I think Russians lack entrepreneurship, since they went from serfs of the Tsar to victims of communism and now of pretty much the same as being controlled by the mafia. The concept of entrepreneurship however existed with the Chinese even prior to communism. They demonstrate this when they are free from the yoke of communism. Yes, I know they also have their mafia, but most of them are very capable in business on their own.

  • mauser 98

    why wasn’t 747 fleet grounded?
    “The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable
    cause of the TWA flight 800 accident was an explosion of the center wing
    fuel tank”