Ukraine is grounding cargo “megaplanes” and straining global supply chains

The latest disruption to the supply chain as a result of the war between Russia and Ukraine is the shutdown of Antonov planes, Ukrainian cargo “megaplanes”.The Wall Street Journal Google Your News Update podcast said on 14.

Ben Katz, The Wall Street Journal Aviation reporter, shared insights with colleague Luke Vargas. Mr Katz said the move is affecting various industries, including satellite transports, around the world as they are designed not only to carry massive shipments but also to operate at “distant” destinations.

“One company we saw said they have to truck their satellites across the US, which adds a few weeks to their schedules,” Mr. Katz said. “Other options, apart from truck transport, are shipping. But of course the shipping lanes themselves are faced with major delays, high prices, a lot of overstretching and not enough capacity.”

Russian airline operations have also been marginalized in the conflict by sanctions and airspace bans, Mr Katz said.

“Antonov Airline’s operation has basically been suspended because they say they intend to use these planes almost exclusively to send humanitarian aid to Ukraine,” he said. “On the other hand, the operations of the Russian airlines have been marginalized by sanctions and airspace bans that prevent them from operating in most of Europe, the US and North America and really limit their movements.”

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