What if Russian commercial aviation cuts too many safety corners?

With Pavel Luzin, Visiting Scholar of the Russia and Eurasia Program at The Fletcher School

It’s an exaggeration to say that Russian aviation has been cut off from the outside world, but the loss of routes to popular Western destinations has squeezed airlines profits while sanctions complicate basic maintenance. In late July, for example, several Russian airlines reportedly advised pilots, not to use their brakes so much when landing, in order to extend the equipment’s lifespan. To keep its fleets in the air, Russia must now rely chiefly on repairing planes using spare parts from other aircraft.

The country already operates a policy charmingly known as cannibalization.

The Naked Pravda spoke to two experts to find out more about the risks of safety lapses in Russia’s aviation industry amid international sanctions that could soon jeopardize domestic commercial air travel.

Timestamps for this episode:

  • (4:28) Richard Aboulafia, managing director at AeroDynamic Advisory
  • (19:38) Dr. Pavel Luzin, visiting scholar at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University

This podcast episode is republished from The Naked Pravda.

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