February 11, 2014, Moscow. — Aeroflot has taken delivery of a new A320 equipped with aerodynamic wing-tips known as Sharklets, becoming the first Russian airline to operate the latest modification from Airbus. The aircraft has been named in honour of Alexander Butlerov, a nineteenth century Russian chemist and creator of the theory of chemical structure of organic substances.
Sharklets are the new enhanced wing-tips for the A320 family that improve aerodynamics and reduce operating costs. The main advantage of their use is a reduction of fuel consumption (up to 4 per cent, according to Airbus), an increased range and improved takeoff performance. In addition, operating such aircraft reduces the level of harmful CO2 and NOx emissions. Sharklets are made of composite materials; they are 2.4 m high and their shape resembles shark fins.
Aeroflot CEO Vitaly Saveliev said: «Aeroflot’s fleet is the best in Russia and one of the most modern in Europe. Continuing to modernize and strengthen our fleet is a top priority as we respond to growth in our markets and execute on our strategic development plans.»
All A320 aircraft are delivered to Aeroflot directly from the manufacturer. Aircraft are equipped with CFM56 engines and can accommodate 158 passengers in a spacious two-class configuration (8 seats in business and 150 in economy). These aircraft provide services mainly on European and domestic routes. Aeroflot is one of the world’s leading airlines in terms of operational reliability and actual hours flown per A320 aircraft.
A320 airplanes satisfy the highest reliability, safety and comfort standards and are considered one of the best for mid-range flights.
Today Aeroflot’s fleet includes ninety A319/320/321 family aircraft with an average age of five years.
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Celebrating its 90-th anniversary in 2013, Aeroflot is Russia’s flagship airline and the largest national air company. Proudly being a member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance, Aeroflot with its partnering members provides service to more than 1000 destinations in 178 countries. Aeroflot operates one of the most modern and youngest fleets in Europe counting 145 aircraft formed by Airbus, Boeing and Sukhoi airliners with an average airplane age between five and six years old. In 2012 Aeroflot carried 17.7 million passengers (27.5 million passengers as Aeroflot Group), continuously showing the best results in modern Russia’s history. In June 2013 Aeroflot was for the second time awarded by SKYTRAX as The Best Airline in Eastern Europe. Find more at www.aeroflot.com.