Boeing and Ford suspend operations in Russia

U.S. airplane manufacturer Boeing has said that it is suspending parts, maintenance and technical support for Russian airlines as the effect of sanctions in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine ripple across the global aviation industry.

 

Boeing said on Tuesday March 1, that it had halted major operations in its Moscow office and temporarily closed another office in Kyiv, Ukraine. The company also said that it had ceased providing parts, maintenance and technical support services to Russian airlines.

 

In recent days, countries around the world have imposed sanctions on Russian carriers, limiting their ability to use leased planes; fly over Western Europe; or buy spare parts. Boeing employs several thousand people in Russia, Ukraine and a handful of former Soviet states, an operation that includes a major design center in Moscow. The company also runs a flight training campus and research and technology center in the city and has a joint venture in Russia with VSMPO-AVISMA, Boeing’s largest titanium supplier.

 

Another US manufacturer, Ford, which once had three plants in Russia, is also suspending its remaining operations in the country indefinitely because of the invasion. The automaker is part of a joint venture that makes small delivery vans at a plant in Yelabuga, more than 600 miles east of Moscow. It also works with a distributor that sells imported Ford vehicles.

 

Ford said in a statement; 

 

“Ford is deeply concerned about the invasion of Ukraine and the resultant threats to peace and stability.

 “The situation has compelled us to reassess our operations in Russia.”

 

Ford shut down its three plants in Russia in 2019 as part of an effort to turn around its struggling European operation.