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Russia vs Ukraine and the An-124

The Antonov 124 is a product of Soviet-era policies.  Like other aircraft, after production stopped, it became ever more useful. A while ago Russia and Ukraine were talking about talking about the An-124.  Before this, they are at loggerheads. The latest news is they...

Premium #342 – Aircraft transactions through July

Despite the slower activity at air shows, the commercial aircraft business is not moribund.  There has been quite a bit of action among airlines.   The first table shows the top 20 airlines in terms of fleet changes. The list is in descending order by the total.  Note...

Premium – Aeroflot Fleet Review

Continuing our fleet review series, today we look at Aeroflot.  The company has gone through various iterations, lie so many others.  Its roots go back to 1923.  During the Soviet era, this was the world's largest airline.  Offering flights across the Soviet Union and...

Russia’s aviation industry gets a haircut

[UPDATED] One of the primary reasons the Russia state decided to merge its various aerospace companies was to ensure they did not spread national resources too thin.  After the fall of the Soviet Union, money became real and budgets became serious.  UAC became a joint...

Updating the IL-96

United Aircraft of Russia is marketing plans for an updated IL-96 from the -300 standard to an -400M standard.  The...