September 23, 2013
Russian aviation lacks the scale and speedy growth of Chinese aviation, but its fleet of about 500 Western aircraft is formidable. Unlike China, Russia is just a 2-3 hr. flying time from major aircraft manufacturers, shops and part inventories in Western Europe, so the need for in-country part stocks has not been as intense as in China or other Asian markets.
But one facet of Russian aviation argues for local stocks. Almost every Western aircraft rotates though one city, Moscow, daily. Inventories held in the capital city can very efficiently serve the entire market.