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BIS takes enforcement actions against three Russian airlines operating aircraft in violation of U.S. export controls, aircraft identified

Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement Matthew S. Axelrod issued orders denying the export privileges of three Russian Airlines – Aeroflot, Azur Air, and UTair – due to ongoing export violations related to comprehensive export controls on Russia imposed by the Commerce Department. These three Temporary Denial Orders (TDOs) terminate the right of these airlines to participate in transactions subject to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), including exports and reexports from the United States. Today’s TDOs are issued for 180-days and may be renewed.

“The Biden Administration has imposed historic sanctions on the Russia for the unwarranted aggression happening in Ukraine. With today’s temporary denial orders, the Department of Commerce takes another significant action to hold Putin and his enablers accountable for their inexcusable actions,” said Commerce Secretary Gina M. Raimondo. “We are cutting off not only their ability to access items from the United States but also reexports of U.S.-origin items from abroad. Any companies that flout our export controls, specifically those who do so to the benefit of Vladimir Putin and the detriment to the Ukrainian people, will feel the full force of the Department’s enforcement.”

“The images we are seeing coming out of Ukraine demonstrate Vladimir Putin’s barbarism, brutality, and blatant disregard for human life. The Department of Commerce, along with the entire Biden-Harris Administration, have taken swift and unprecedented action to ensure that Russia, and its enablers, pay a price for their actions,” said Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves. “We are already seeing the impact of the Commerce Department’s export controls, with U.S. exports to Russia of items subject to new licensing requirements have decreased by 99 percent by value compared to the same time period last year. With today’s action we send a clear message to those who deliberately disobey those same controls: defy our export controls at your own peril.

“Companies that violate the expansive export controls we have imposed on Russia will find themselves the target of Commerce Department enforcement action,” said Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Enforcement Matthew S. Axelrod. “With our allies and partners, we will continue to stand with the people of Ukraine as they respond to Russia’s unprovoked and brutal invasion of their country.”

The TDOs issued represent the first enforcement actions taken by BIS in response to Russia’s unprovoked and brutal invasion of Ukraine, and the severe restriction in export privileges of these companies is a reminder to parties in Russia as well as throughout the rest of the world that U.S. legal authorities are substantial, far-reaching, and can have a meaningful impact on access to global commerce by parties found to be in violation of U.S. law.

BIS has led the Department of Commerce’s efforts in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine by taking a number of powerful regulatory actions and issuing public notice to the global community as to potential violations of the EAR in the civilian aerospace sector.

On February 24, 2022, BIS imposed expansive controls on aviation-related items to Russia, including a license requirement for the export, reexport or transfer (in-country) to Russia of any aircraft or aircraft parts on the Commerce Control List.

On March 2, 2022, BIS further excluded any aircraft registered in, owned, or controlled by, or under charter or lease by Russia or a national of Russia from being eligible for license exception Aircraft, Vessels, and Spacecraft (AVS). Accordingly, any U.S.-origin aircraft or foreign aircraft that includes more than 25% controlled U.S.-origin content is subject to a license requirement if, for example, it is Russianowned or operated and exported to Russia.

List of aircraft:

Note: Russia has since re-registered these foreign aircraft to the Russian registry, probably to avoid confiscation and to confuse the situation.

On March 18, 2022, BIS publicly released a list of private and commercial aircraft it had been tracking as likely operating in violation of the EAR. This action notified the public that, absent authorization from BIS, the operation of, or service to, any aircraft on the list or owned by Russian parties in violation of the EAR may lead to enforcement actions from BIS, which may include substantial jail time, fines, loss of export privileges, or other restrictions. BIS further updated the list on April 30, 2022 and will continue to maintain and update the list as circumstances warrant.

The list and additional information on BIS’s actions in response to the Russian invasion is available online here: https://bis.doc.gov/index.php/policy-guidance/country-guidance/russia-belarus.

Aeroflot, Utair, and Azur Air engaged in and continue to engage in recent conduct prohibited by the EAR by operating controlled aircraft subject to the EAR without the required BIS authorization. Pursuant to Section 746.8 of the EAR, all international flights conducted by the aforementioned airlines into Russia would have required export or reexport licenses from BIS. Additionally, any domestic Russian flights by the same airlines on aircraft reexported to Russia after March 2, 2022 without the required BIS license are also in violation of General Prohibition Ten (GP10). GP10 prohibits continuing with transactions knowing that a violation has occurred or is about to occur.

• Aeroflot operated multiple aircraft subject to the EAR, including, but not limited to, on flights into and out of Moscow, Russia from/to Beijing, China; Delhi, India; Antalya and Istanbul, Turkey; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates, respectively. Aeroflot subsequently operated some of the same aircraft on domestic flights between Moscow, Russia and Vladivostok, Russia and Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia, respectively.

• Azur Air operated multiple aircraft subject to the EAR, including, but not limited to, on flights into and out of Moscow, Russia from/to Antalya, Turkey; Male, Maldives; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; and Nha Trang, Vietnam, respectively. Azur Air subsequently operated some of the same aircraft on domestic flights between Moscow, Russia and Samara, Russia; Irkutsk, Russia; Kaliningrad, Russia; Mineralnye Vody, Russia; and Novosibirsk, Russia, respectively.

• UTair operated multiple aircraft subject to the EAR, including, but not limited to, on flights into and out of Russia from/to Khujand and Dushanbe, Tajikistan; Yerevan, Armenia; Baku and Ganja, Azerbaijan; Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; and Tashkent, Uzbekistan, respectively. UTair subsequently operated some of the same aircraft on domestic flights between Moscow, Russia and Syktykar, Russia and Ukhta, Russia, respectively. Links to the TDOs are available here:

Utair transfers 50 leased aircraft to the Russian register, withdraws 9 Boeing 737NG aircraft

Utair issued this statement:

In order to reply to the multiple inquiries on the below, we would like to hereby inform that the Company has received a notice from the Bermuda Aviation Authorities on suspension of the Bermuda registered aircraft Certificates of Airworthiness.

“In response we have immediately restricted flight operations of these aircraft. As always Utair performs flights in strict compliance with the Russian and international regulations and does not permit any violations in the scope of its activities,” explains Oleg Semenov, President of UTair Airlines. “We started transferring aircraft to the Russian Register as early as last year, and as of March 14 we have accomplished the transfer of the whole fleet, including long-range wide-body Boeing 767s. The existing fleet of 50 Russian registered airplanes is sufficient for uninterrupted support of our passengers and customers.”

The Company has transferred 50 aircraft to the Russian Register. These aircraft perform regular flights as per Utair’s route network both inside Russia and abroad.

Earlier due to the requirements of the owners and lessors, as well as pursuant to the signed contracts, and Russian and international laws the Company withdrew from operations all 9 Boeing 737NG aircraft that were used under the operating leasing agreements.

The Company is essential in provision of passenger and cargo transportation services in various regions of Russia, especially in hard-to-reach areas of the North. The Company’s air transport support is crucial for the exploration, production and transportation of hydrocarbons in Western and Eastern Siberia.

Fleet:

UTair flight UT579 overruns the runway at Sochi

UTair flight UT 579 from Moscow (Vnukovo) to Sochi with 164 passengers and six crew members, overran the runway on landing at Sochi. The left engine of Boeing 737-800 VQ-BJI caught on fire. The aircraft sustained significant damage and is probably an insurance write off.

All occupants were able to evacuate safely from the aircraft but 18 people reportedly received some injuries.

Read more from the BBC: CLICK HERE

The airline issued this statement on social media (translated from Russian):

The Boeing 737-800 aircraft with the flight number UT579 Moscow – Sochi, after landing has gone beyond the runway. The aircraft went into the direction of the river, resulting in the collapse of the chassis and wing struts, the ignition of the left engine occurred.

There were 164 passengers and 6 crew members on board. The fire units of Sochi Airport have extinguished the fire, people have been evacuated. No casualties. The airline and aviation authorities have begun to investigate the causes of the incident.

Utair of Russia introduces a new livery and logo

Utair (Russia) has introduced a new look as the airline considers replacement aircraft for its aging fleet of Boeing 737-400s and 737-500s.

The carrier has been adding Boeing 737-800/900s and is considering more of the new 737 MAX.

Photo: Utair. The first aircraft painted is the pictured Boeing 737-8GU WL VQ-BQS (msn 36387).

 

UTair Russia cuts its fleet by 44 aircraft

UTair Aviation (Russia) (Moscow) is the third largest airline in Russia. On March 29, 2015 the carrier transitioned to its spring and summer flight schedule and also downsized its fleet. During this period, UTair plans to operate over 200 daily flights, connecting more than 70 cities in Russia and abroad.

However according to The Moscow Times, UTair is cutting its fleet by 40 percent (44 aircraft) from 115 aircraft to 71 aircraft.

The airline blamed the decline on the fall in air travel demand and the sharp increase in leasing rates due to the decline of the Russian ruble.

According to its website, the airline currently operates:

The airline currently operates:

Boeing 767-300 2
Boeing 767-200 3
Boeing 737-800 12
Boeing 737-400 6
Boeing 737-500 30
ATR 72-500 15
Bombardier CRJ200 1
Antonov An-2 6
Antonov An-74 – TK-100 5

+ helicopters

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

On the schedules side, the airline stated it will operate nonstop flights to Anapa, Sochi and Krasnodar from Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Tyumen, Surgut, Nizhnevartovsk, Noyabrsk and Syktyvkar.

UTair aircraft will also connect Gelendzhik with Moscow and Surgut; Sochi with Tambov and Kursk; Anapa with Khanty-Mansiysk and Kursk; Mineralnye Vody with Surgut, Tyumen and Samara and Krasnodar with Novy Urengoy.

Passengers living in other regions of Russia will be able to travel to Sochi, Krasnodar, Anapa, Gelendzhik and Mineralnye Vody via convenient connecting flights in Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow. Flight frequency on these routes will be increased to three or four flights daily. The airline will also increase the number of daily flights from Moscow to Kaliningrad, Rostov-on-Don, Makhachkala, Vladikavkaz, Belgorod and Kiev, providing passengers with even more convenient connection options.

UTair will continue performing flights from Saint Petersburg to Moscow, Noyabrsk, Khanty-Mansiysk and Vladikavkaz as well as add new destinations – Makhachkala, Grozny and Magas. From Surgut, UTair will continue flights to Belgorod, Makhachkala, Grozny, Rostov-on-Don and Samara.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. The new Airbus A321 fleet appears to be the main victim of the downsizing. Airbus A321-211 VP-BPC (msn 5919) is pictured at Antalya in Turkey.

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Videos: Stuck on an icy ramp? In Siberia even the passengers have to sometimes help out

 

Videos: Are you stuck on an icy ramp? There is always the Siberian solution. The brakes of an UTair Tupolev Tu-134 got stuck on an icy tarmac in Siberia. The solution? The passengers decided to help push back the jetliner.

According to the report, the air temperature dropped to a minus 52 degrees, and the aircraft’s brakes became frozen. The passengers decided to help with their “human power”.

Video: A go around at Barcelona on July 5

Sometimes people taking videos at airports capture some interesting footage. This incident took place at Barcelona El Prat Airport (BCN) on July 5.

Here is the description by Miguel Ángel on YouTube:

On July 5, early in the morning. What you see is what happened.

An UTair Boeing 767-300 (VQ-BSX) incoming from Moscow as (flight) UT5187 and Aerolíneas Argentinas Airbus A340-300 (LV-FPV) were involved into what could be the bigger disaster of Barcelona Airport.

The Utair 767 was about to land on Runway 02 while the Argentinas was crossing the runway.

By the time Russian pilots sighted the Argentinas (they were taxiing to the holding point of runway 25R for takeoff) on the runway while they were on the final approach, they did their best making an impressive and close go around.

After that incidence the plane landed safely on runway 02, and the Argentinas took-off heading to Buenos Aires.

Read the report from the UTair pilots in the Siberian Times: CLICK HERE

Update: Aerolineas Argentinas has now publicly responded to the filmed event:

“Aerolíneas Argentinas clarifies that in the alleged incident at El Prat airport in Barcelona on Saturday  July 5, involving an aircraft of the Russian airline UTair and an Aerolíneas Argentinas aircraft, there was no risk at any time.

This has been corroborated by the manager of the Spanish airports operator AENA (Spanish Airports and Air Navigation) who initially reported that “both planes were where they should be.”
Moreover, a spokesman of AENA also said that “the landing of the UTair aircraft could have been done without risk, since both aircraft were in the proper place, with enough distance between them.”

This is consistent with the report made by the captain of the Aerolineas Argentinas aircraft, who said the AR plane followed the instructions of El Prat control tower.

This morning AENA issued a statement that ensures that the “go-around” performed by the Russian aircraft “is a standard procedure, with all the guarantees of safety”.

Thus Aerolineas Argentinas clarifies that the situation recorded by a plane spotter and widely publicized by the media, related to flight AR 1163 on Saturday July 5, did not involve any risk.”

 

UTair Aviations unveils UTair Express’ unique livery

UTair Superjet 100-95LR RA-89033 (14)(Grd)(UTair)(LRW)

UTair Aviation (Russia) (Khanty-Mansiyak and Moscow) has issued this statement about the unique livery developed for its first Sukhoi Superjet 100 that will be operated by its new UTair Express (formerly Komiinteravia) (Komi, Russia) subsidiary.

On May 29, 2014 the first UTair Express Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft has been outfitted with the airline’s livery specially created for this type of aircraft.

The livery, developed by UTair representatives in cooperation with Sukhoi Civil Aircraft specialists specifically for the Sukhoi Superjet 100, includes vibrant folk patterns in the traditional Russian style. Stencil masks were used to apply more than 460 liters of seven different colors of enamel over 1,100 meters of the aircraft exterior.

The Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft seats 103 passengers in a single class layout and is the first aircraft of this type in fleet of UTair-Express, part of the UTair Group. The tripartite agreement between UTair Aviation, VEB-Leasing and Sukhoi Civil Aircraft for the delivery of six Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft was signed in August 2013 at the MAKS International Aviation and Space Salon.

UTair has selected the SSJ 100 LR model which is distinguished from the basic model by an increased range of up to 4578 km (2470 NM), an increased takeoff weight of up to 49.45 tons and reinforced wing structure to support the increased takeoff weight. The SSJ 100 LR is equipped with a standard Power Jet SaM146 turbofan engine with 5 % additional takeoff thrust.

Copyright Photo: UTair. Superjet 100-95LR RA-89033 (msn 95060) is the first SSJ 100 for the UTair group of companies.

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Boeing delivers the first directly purchased Boeing 737-800 to UTair of Russia

Boeing (Chicago) has delivered to UTair Aviation (Khanty-Mansiysk), one of Russia’s leading national carriers, its first directly purchased Next-Generation 737-800. Boeing 737-8LP VP-BUL (msn 41707) was handed over yesterday (October 9). The airline currently has 40 Next-Generation 737s on order to be delivered in the next several years.

UTair’s new 737-800 seats 162 passengers and features the new Boeing Sky Interior. This interior is the latest in a series of enhancements for both airlines and passengers. It introduces LED lighting and curved architecture that welcomes passengers onboard and creates a greater sense of spaciousness and comfort in the cabin. The interior also features modern, sculpted sidewalls and overhead bins that disappear into the ceiling, yet carry more bags.

The Next-Generation 737 family has won orders for more than 6,500 airplanes, while the whole 737 family has surpassed 11,000 orders to date.

Based in Russia, UTair is an integrated air carrier and aircraft services company with over 40 years of experience. Today, UTair operates one of the largest aircraft fleets in Russia and ranks among the top three largest Russian carriers by passenger volume.

Top Copyright Photo: OSDU/AirlinersGallery.com. Acquired in the aircraft market, sister ship Boeing 737-8GU WL VQ-BQP (msn 37553) arrives at Vnukovo Airport in Moscow.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker/AirlinersGallery.com. Brand new Boeing 737-8LP VP-BUL (msn 41707) is pictured at Boeing Field in Seattle before the hand over.

UTair takes delivery of its first Airbus A321

UTair Aviation (Khanty-Mansiysk) took delivery of its first Airbus aircraft. The brand-new A321-211 VP-BPS was handed over at a ceremony held at Airbus in Hamburg (Finkenwerder), Germany. The aircraft is part of a firm order for 20 A321s signed by UTair in July 2012, which is today the largest single order for this type in Russia.

UTair’s A321, powered by CFM56 engines, features a single-class cabin layout seating 220 passengers. The airline is planning to operate its A321s to further develop its high density route network.
Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured A321-211 D-AZAA became VP-BPS on the hand over.
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