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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

2,735 Planes Scrapped

MOSCOW -- Russia's hard-pressed airlines are running out of planes as they scrap hundreds of old aircraft every year that cannot be replaced, a report said Tuesday.

Itar-Tass said Russian airlines discarded 2,735 planes and helicopters in the last six years. During the same period, the companies purchased 32 new aircraft, 19 of which were helicopters, the report said citing the Federal Aviation Service.

The scrapped planes included 237 large airliners, the report added.

Civil aviation has been in steady decline in Russia for years. Many airlines lose money and thus lack the resources to buy or lease new aircraft. Soviet-era aircraft are operated until they no longer work and have to be abandoned.

Another 3,400 old aircraft are expected to be scrapped during the next nine years, including 518 large airliners, the report said.