KHL’s governing body has approved a Players’ Union project obliging teams in the league to use only Boeing and Airbus planes for flights.
Once the program is launched, the clubs will have to choose among Boeing 737-300, Boeing 737-400, Boeing 737-500 as well as Airbus 319/320, with all the aircraft produced from 1997 and afterwards.
The move is an echo of last September’s Yak-42 catastrophe near the central Russian city of Yaroslavl, which took the lives of the entire local team Lokomotiv and most crew members.
While illegal drugs in the co-pilot’s blood and irregularities in the airline company’s pilot training program are believed to be the main reasons behind the deadly crash, the reputation of Russian-made planes has been seriously damaged.
Two months after the tragedy a special department was launched in the Players Union, responsible for flight safety. This is now the only structure empowered by the league to organize and control air transport services offered for KHL teams.