Russian Aeroflot airline sends one of its plane to be repaired in Iran
Russia’s largest airline, Aeroflot, said on Tuesday it had sent one of its Airbus planes to Iran for repairs after Western sanctions hampered the company’s ability to maintain its planes.
Flightradar 24, a flight-tracking system, said an Airbus A330-300 flew to Tehran on April 5 and is still there.
“A service provider will carry out maintenance work on the Airbus A330 in Iran, including several repairs,” Aeroflot said in a statement.
The RBC media outlet was the first to report that the plane had been sent to Iran for maintenance.
The statement added, “Aeroflot has all the necessary material resources, certificates and extensive experience but one of the service providers will carry out high-quality maintenance work”.
Aeroflot declined to give more details and didn’t name the service provider that would carry out the repairs.
The West imposed sanctions on Russia over its invasion of Ukraine in February last year, which prevented Russian airlines from obtaining aircraft or spare parts from Europe or carrying out maintenance work there.
Russian airlines continue to operate Western planes, but they struggle to import spare parts.