Russia states that more than 50 percent of foreign aircraft have been moved to its own registry

Russia’s Prime Minister Mikhail Mishstin chairs a government committee to improve the stability of the Russian economy in the face of sanctions through a video link held in Moscow, Russia on March 15, 2022. (Sputnik / Dmitry Astakhov / Pool via Reuters)

Prime Minister Mikhail Mishstin said on Wednesday that more than 50% of foreign aircraft had been moved to Russia’s own register as the Russian government took steps to begin using foreign aircraft in Russia.

Hundreds of foreign aircraft have already been transferred to the Russian registry, Mishustin said, emphasizing that an important task is to ensure flight safety.

Sanctions have disrupted the supply of most aircraft, parts and services to Russia. Russian airlines lease 515 jets from abroad.

Russia has passed a law allowing national airlines to place aircraft leased from foreign companies on the Russian aircraft code.