The Russian aviation industry is afraid of losing personnel due to military mobilization

The partial military mobilization of at least 300,000 Russian citizens also affects the Russian aircraft industry. According to the Russian daily Kommersantemployees of at least five Russian airlines (including Aeroflot) and more than 10 airports have been ordered to join the army.

Most commercial pilots have a military background, they got their pilot training from military flight schools or did their military service before joining the airline. Sources close to airlines/aviation-related companies have calculated that between 50 and 80% of employees can be mobilized.

Lawyers for these airlines have drafted requests for their employees to be released from military service, but it is unclear where these requests should be sent.

A source close to Aeroflot estimates the number of potential recruits in the three subsidiaries (Rossiya and Pobeda) at more than half of the airline. The Russian airline has set up a task force to ensure the continuity of the airline.

Aeroflot, S7 Airlines, Ural Airlines, Red Wings, other airlines, the Ministry of Transport and the Federal Air Transport Agency declined to comment on questions posed by Kommersant. Rossiya Airlines said cabin and cockpit crew planning had been carried out “as usual” and denied that flight attendants were no longer assigned on long-haul flights for fear they would be detained at the border and sent to military offices.

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