How the UK could collapse the Russian air travel market

Rosaviatsia launched another attack on Bermuda and Ireland. It's no secret that the vast majority of aircraft operating in our country are of foreign production - American and European. But not everyone is aware that, among other things, these airliners are also registered abroad, in these two "aviation offshores." Will the officials be able to "Russify" the domestic aircraft fleet, and is the problem solely in the stubborn resistance of the owners of the carrier companies?

To understand the scale, it is necessary to cite a few figures: out of the total fleet of 30 largest national air carriers with a total of 997 aircraft owned by Russia, 725 are registered abroad, in Bermuda and Ireland, and most of them are in Her Majesty's British Isles. Why there? Industry officials explain that the Irish and British have been able to provide a convenient tax haven where planes get the very best. technical service according to international standards, because Russian companies prefer to register abroad. However, if you look closely at the situation, it will turn out to be somewhat more complicated than it seems at first glance.

Why not in Russia?

On the one hand, a fair share of the blame falls on the domestic bureaucracy:

At firstNo matter how absurd it may sound, according to the current Russian legislation, the aircraft is recognized as real estate, therefore the corresponding tax must be paid for it. This outright stupidity has to be bypassed by registering airliners in those regions where the real estate tax has been zeroed, namely: in the Ulyanovsk and Voronezh regions, the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug. For comparison, aircraft registered in Bermuda or Ireland are not subject to such a tax burden. The question is, who needs it then?

Secondly, the frankly delusional "property tax" for aircraft is not limited to. Also, air carriers have to pay also transport tax on rented liners, and the payment itself is included in the lease. For understanding, for the short-haul "Superjet-100", registered in the Moscow region, something about 2,5 million rubles a year comes out. Also a lot of money.

ThirdlyThe Russian regulatory framework for aircraft maintenance regulations is not “harmonized” with the international one. Since the country of registration of the liner is responsible for airworthiness, this is a big problem, and below we will explain in detail why.

On the other hand, neither the air carriers themselves nor the lessor companies are interested in the transition to the Russian jurisdiction. Our foreign partners are strenuously pretending that they “do not understand” exactly how flight training and inspection of the technical condition of airliners take place in Russia, supporting the myth of the “incompetence” of domestic specialists. For this reason, the aircraft flying in our country are a priori discriminated against, and they can then be sold on the secondary market only at a large discount. It is because of this position of foreign partners that Russian air carriers try to avoid registration in their country, preferring Bermuda or Ireland. If it is necessary to do this, then only with respect to nationally assembled aircraft, such as the Superjet-100, or very old Boeings and Airbuses, which will not be resold to anyone.

Why is it still necessary to do this?

So, we smoothly approached why, despite a lot of legal and organizational difficulties, we still need to transfer the domestic aircraft fleet to our jurisdiction.

First of all, one must be aware that three-quarters of the aircraft flying in the Russian sky are registered in countries that are part of the hostile NATO bloc. These are Ireland and Bermuda, which are British overseas possessions. The agreement with Bermuda was signed back in 3, and from that side it was signed by the United Kingdom, which is openly unfriendly to Russia. And London, if it wants to, can arrange a lot of serious problems for Moscow.

In particular, the place of registration of an airliner, as a rule, is directly prescribed in the lease agreement, and the lessor company can directly prohibit the aircraft from being registered in Russia, which is usually done. If we decide to really massively transfer all aircraft to domestic jurisdiction, then foreign lessors have the right to withdraw aircraft from our market. Considering their share of the total fleet, the country risks a collapse of air traffic. In fact, this means that London is holding the lion's share of Russian air travel "hostage". Such is the British "soft power".

And now what i can do? Obviously, it is necessary to revive the national aircraft industry so that the medium-haul MS-21 and short-haul Superjets no longer depend on the goodwill of foreign partners. You should also take advantage of the difficult market situation in which foreign aircraft manufacturers find themselves and put pressure on leasing companies to agree to re-register in our jurisdiction for fear of losing their Russian clients. And so there is something to think about.
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  1. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 23 September 2021 16: 34
    Yes. This is really interesting. There are figures and statistics.
    30 years of capitalism, 17 years Torment to swallow dust, 7 years of import substitution, and 3/4 of the aircraft are registered offshore, and most of them are in NATO.

    I recall the 2018 interview, Magomed Tolboev, (Hero of Russia) - I have a "NATO mini-air base" right next to me, at the top in the course, you know, yes (literally)
  2. Denis radish Offline Denis radish
    Denis radish (Denis Moroz) 23 September 2021 21: 20
    and it is even better to make it so that flying on Boeing and Airbuses has become "such a thing", not only in our country, but everywhere. do you understand, huh? agree! but ..., "a la ger com a la ger";)
  3. faiver Offline faiver
    faiver (Andrei) 24 September 2021 01: 57
    Rosaviatsia launched another attack on Bermuda and Ireland.

    - how is the attack expressed?
  4. faiver Offline faiver
    faiver (Andrei) 24 September 2021 01: 58
    How the UK could collapse the Russian air travel market

    - who is to blame for this? All questions to the government of the Russian Federation
    1. Rusa Online Rusa
      Rusa 24 September 2021 09: 39
      And who appoints to key posts in the government of the Russian Federation?
      All questions to them.
  5. 123 Offline 123
    123 (123) 24 September 2021 22: 56
    No matter how absurd it may sound, according to the current Russian legislation, the aircraft is recognized as real estate, therefore the corresponding tax must be paid for it.

    You know how to have fun, certified lawyer smile Do you have a real diploma? (just kidding, don't be nervous).
    Is this news to you? That the courts are also held as real estate have not been forgotten? Art. 130 of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation.
    This is not only related to taxation.

    These objects are not only capable of spatial movement without any damage to their purpose, but are also specially designed for this. Their recognition as real estate is due to the high cost of these objects and the related need for increased reliability of the rules for their civil turnover.

    Some figures are trying to convert pipelines, part of the port into the category of movable ones (in my opinion, in Kamchatka, this was a freak and so part of the port was privatized in the 90s.)
  6. sH, arK Offline sH, arK
    sH, arK 25 September 2021 12: 04
    Some nonsense ... Registration in "profitable" countries is, first of all, a requirement of the lessor. You can register in your own - it will just be more expensive. Why is it more expensive - one of the reasons, the author wrote, is bad tax payments, difficulties with maintenance, and so on.
    Refusal to lease is unprofitable. Buying a liner is expensive, and what is Russia's interest in this if it really wants to develop aircraft construction? And Britain can arrange how to start a war and inflict a nuclear strike - but everyone understands that the answer can be even worse? Therefore, one should not consider others to be idiots - yes, they can, like Gazprom can, for example, but everyone understands that they will not do this ... Sleep well, there are real problems in aviation, not delusional ones ...
  7. Susul Offline Susul
    Susul (Yuri) 18 November 2021 20: 52
    In response, Russia closes the sky for flights registered in these companies .... and hello, the collapse of the entire industry and air transportation
  8. Ivan 73 Offline Ivan 73
    Ivan 73 (Ivan) 19 November 2021 10: 19
    A very interesting situation, you see, they (owners and operators of aircraft) do not want to pay taxes - it is expensive. A very good excuse, let's not all pay taxes and run away from the tax authorities. Another idiotic decision is the creation of offshore zones in Russia, where big business runs to save on taxes.
    In my amateurish opinion, it is necessary to legally establish for companies making a profit in Russia registration (if a foreign company, register a branch or representative office) and full payment of all taxes in Russia (including on property in this process involved), and only profit after these payments belong to the business, spend at your own discretion.