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Two Russian Aircraft Impounded on Phuket in Dispute Over 'Rent'

Two Russian Aircraft Impounded on Phuket in Dispute Over 'Rent'

Monday, December 15, 2014
PHUKET: Two Russian aircraft have been impounded at Phuket International Airport in a dispute over payment of ''rent'' that led to two flights being cancelled yesterday.

The Nordwind Boeing 767s are grounded and accruing charges for occupying parking space on the holiday island.

Passengers due on Phuket to Moscow flights via NWS 2474 and NWS 2490 yesterday stayed on Phuket an extra night.

It's understood that two planes were organised for alternative flights from Krabi airport this morning to fly the stranded passengers back to Moscow.

Officials at the airline and at a tour company were reluctant to confirm the state of play of the dispute today.

Nordwind, founded in 2008, has its headquarters in Moscow and flies scheduled and charter to about 90 destinations.

It is used by the Russian and Turkish branches of tour operator Pegas Touristik. Planes carrying the brand's insignia are frequently seen at Phuket airport.

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With the Russian rouble having fallen from 1 to 0.55 against the baht in less than one year, I guess there is more to come. Russians will certainly be feeling the pinch now.

Posted by Pete on December 15, 2014 15:03

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Most operators only keep their planes on the ground at their base airport for long periods of time for maintenance, even long distance flights in many cases will only be on the ground for two hours or so. This dispute will be costing a great deal of money not just in airport fees but the money lost in the plane not generating revenue. Planes that often cost $100m plus new need to work for most hours of the day with good capacity to make money as an asset to their user (planes are normally leased)

Posted by Feisty Farang on December 15, 2014 18:00

Editor Comment:

People were reluctant today to explain the precise nature of the problem.

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Flights were planned to go not to Moscow. NWS2474 - to Ekaterinburg, NWS2490 - to Kemerovo.

Posted by Stranger on December 15, 2014 21:40

Editor Comment:

Did the replacement flights go to those destinations, or to Moscow?

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The Russians feel the heat. The US of A taking the glows of and showing them what their soft power still feels like. Send all your fighter aircrafts to sweden or the canal, who cares.
Russia has no industrial base of value, it was just a commodities bubble and the Russians like to blew it, as they know, it lasts as long it lasts and better have a good time while it is. A lot of even the smarter Russian investors are leveraged a lot and hemorrhage cash right now. If I would own a business, no credit anymore.

Posted by Lena on December 15, 2014 21:57

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We had this problem last year I think you are very scared of writing the truth

Posted by Johnboy on December 15, 2014 23:03

Editor Comment:

What problem did you have last year, Johnboy?

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sorry Nordwind tuk tuk parking only.

Posted by slickmelb on December 16, 2014 08:07

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@Mr. Editor
Flight were gone those direction from Krabi as I mentioned, not to Moscow. Information from Pegas guides.

Posted by Stranger on December 17, 2014 14:09


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