Embraer Suspends Customer Support In Russia, Belarus

Credit: Pratt & Whitney

Embraer is no longer supporting operators in Russia and Belarus, joining other major Western aerospace manufacturers in taking action in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. 

“Embraer is closely monitoring the evolving situation and has been complying, and will continue to comply, with the international sanctions imposed on Russia and certain regions of Ukraine by suspending parts, maintenance and technical support services for customers affected by sanctions,” the company said March 3. 

Russian operators have about 50 Embraer aircraft in their fleets—a mix of commercial and business jets, Aviation Week Fleet Discovery shows—while Minsk, Belarus-based operator Belavia has five Embraer aircraft. Russian LCC S7 Airlines has 17 E170s—all leased from AerCap. Charter specialist Pegas Fly has four E190s that belong to lessor Nordic Aviation Capital. Both lessors are subject to European Union (EU) sanctions that mandate aerospace firms cut ties with Russian customers, including equipment leases and aftermarket support.  

Airbus has suspended sales, deliveries and in-service support to Russian customers as a result of the EU sanctions. The service pause includes services offered by subsidiaries such as Satair and Navblue, the company confirmed.  

Russian operators have about 350 Airbus aircraft in the country, including 312 A320-family models, Fleet Discovery shows.  

Aeroflot, Russia’s largest airline with 200 aircraft, has 121 Airbus widebodies and narrowbodies. Most of the rest—69—are Boeing 737s and 777s. The majority government-owned airline also operates Sukhoi SSJ-100s. 

U.S. sanctions issued through March 2 have not banned all aircraft sales and support, but new, more stringent Export Administration Regulations licensing requirements are in place.  

Companies are enacting voluntary bans that mirror official limits put in place by governments including the EU, UK, and Canada. Boeing has stopped sales and aftermarket support, while GE said it “has temporarily paused support of airlines in Russia, consistent with U.S., U.K. and EU sanctions.” Pratt & Whitney declined to comment on any actions it has taken.  

Russian passenger and cargo operators have about 1,250 aircraft certified for 19 or more seats in scheduled and charter service, Fleet Discovery shows. About two-thirds of them—840—were built by Western manufacturers Airbus, ATR, Boeing, De Havilland (Bombardier) and Embraer. 

Sean Broderick

Senior Air Transport & Safety Editor Sean Broderick covers aviation safety, MRO, and the airline business from Aviation Week Network's Washington, D.C. office.