"...parts for Boeing, MD
, and Airbus are a lot easier to come by then parts for Russian aircraft in the Western world. Also there would be a huge a/c training problem. And lastly, there have been several problems in the past with Russian aircraft not living up to performance specs.
Listen, before you yell "bias!" you've got to look realistically at the facts. "
Wakey wakey up, it's the 2000s already!
What might be the reason you could not ask for say FedEx or DHL to send you all the Russian a/c parts you need to the "Western" world? The Russians even know what a credit card is and many possess one. How do you think all the world's Antonov turboprop population is maintained, for instance? Well, most of it is (registered) in what is known as the Third World, but they're not using shells and pieces of glass no more.
I'd be inspiring to know the inside information of what the discrepancy between the published and the actual specs were for any Russian/Soviet a/c.
[Edited 2005-01-22 20:29:03]