Embraer confirmed on Thursday that it has decided to suspend technical support for its Russian-registered aircraft after the country’s military forces invaded Ukraine last week.
The decision follows the same understanding of Boeing and Airbus that announced the end of any activity in the nation headed by Vladimir Putin.
According to the Brazilian company, “parts, maintenance and technical support services for customers affected by the sanctions” are suspended.
“Embraer is closely monitoring the evolution of the action and has been complying, and will continue to comply, with international sanctions imposed on Russia and certain regions of Ukraine,” added a note sent to Brazilian outlets.
Unlike Boeing and Airbus, Embraer has a small fleet of aircraft flying in Russia. According to Planespotters records, there would be 30 operational jets, most of them with the Siberian airline S7, which operates 17 E170s.
Ikar, on the other hand, has six E190s, while other companies fly ERJ and first-generation Legacy jets. It is not known, however, how many small and medium-sized business jets there are in Russia.
The Brazilian planemaker also has an important client in Belarus, Belavia, the country’s flag carrier that supports the Putin regime. The company currently flies 12 first-generation E-Jets.
Belavia, however, was one of the first operators of the E195-E2 in the world, through leasing with AerCap. But the carrier withdrew the three jets from service amid a lawsuit against Embraer alleging technical problems.
The three E195-E2s were even kept in Kazakhstan before being transferred to Spain at the end of last year, where they are stored.