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The Russian invasion of Ukraine has upended the global commercial aerospace business that relies on both countries as customer, supplier and home to key engineering operations. Boeing, in particular, is stumbling as it attempts to walk a fine line between the world’s condemnation of Russia’s assault and its own longstanding business and political interests.

In the days since the Feb. 24 invasion, Boeing shuttered its operations in Russia and restricted access to sensitive technical data by employees there, but the aerospace giant confirmed to The Air Current on March 2 that it briefly applied for an export license with the U.S. Department of Commerce to support the reactivation of its “suspended” Moscow Design Center and flight training campus.

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“We withdrew our application and we are not pursuing a license,” a Boeing spokesman said. Three people briefed on Boeing’s plans said the aerospace giant on March 1 had sought an export license and had expected to have it in hand to continue operations in Moscow within a month.

The company’s brief push for an export license to reconnect its Moscow operations to the rest of the company highlights its dependence on Russia for its day-to-day activities as an aircraft manufacturer. Boeing declined to say why it withdrew its application.

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Jon Ostrower is Editor-in-chief of The Air Current. Prior to launching TAC in June 2018, Ostrower served as Aviation Editor for CNN Worldwide, guiding the network's global coverage of the business and operations of flying. Ostrower joined CNN in 2016 following four and half years at the Wall Street Journal. Based first in Chicago and then in Washington, D.C. he covered Boeing, aviation safety and the business of global aerospace. Before that, Ostrower was editor of the award-winning FlightBlogger for Flightglobal and Flight International Magazine covering the development of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and other new aircraft programs from 2007 to 2012. Ostrower, a Boston native, graduated from The George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs with a bachelor's degree in Political Communication. He is based in Seattle.

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