Airbus Halts Russia Parts, Studying Engineering Center Options

By Reuters
March 2, 2022 Updated: March 2, 2022

PARIS—Airbus said on Wednesday it had stopped sending spare parts to Russia and supporting Russian airlines, but was analyzing whether its Moscow engineering center could keep providing services to local customers under Western sanctions.

“Airbus has suspended support services to Russian airlines, as well as the supply of spare parts to the country,” a spokesperson said in an emailed statement.

“The Airbus Engineering Center in Russia (ECAR) has put on hold all its operations for Airbus in line with sanctions,” the statement said.

“Regarding engineering services ECAR provides to its Russian customers, ECAR is analyzing the export control sanctions to determine if this activity can be maintained in line with the sanctions,” Airbus said, adding it obeys all applicable laws.

The Airbus Engineering Center in Russia was set up in 2003 under a joint-venture between Airbus, Systema Invest, and the Kaskol group and employs 200 Russian engineers, according to the company’s website.

By Tim Hepher