AEROFLOT COMMISSIONS ITS NEW А330 WEARING SKYTEAM LIVERY
November 5, Moscow. – The sixth Airbus А330 aircraft was delivered to JSC “Aeroflot – Russian Airlines”. The airliner is painted with the new SkyTeam alliance livery.
According to a decision taken in early 2008, all member companies of the alliance assumed a commitment to paint at least one aircraft of their fleet in the colors of SkyTeam.
Aeroflot has made its choice in favor of its new А330-300 liner. Such marketing move is intended to promote SkyTeam and member airlines brand recognition in the current situation of the economic crisis, and to bolster the alliance presence in the world air transportation market.
The А330 in the SkyTeam livery is the sixth aircraft of this type delivered to Aeroflot under the terms of the operating lease transaction. The lessor is AerCap. Four more А330-300 aircraft are expected to be delivered before April, 2010.
А330-300 aircraft have a range up to 10,500 km, a capacity of 302 passengers and are used by leading international air carriers in the segment of long-haul operations. The aircraft are equipped with the Rolls-Royce Trent 772В engines.
These new liners, as delivered to Aeroflot, have a two-class cabin layout: 34 business class seats and 268 economy class seats. They are equipped with the cutting-edge Panasonic eX 2 IFE system featuring wide screen 9” to 16” video monitors installed into each passenger seat allowing the use of a multichannel video-audio program. In the business class, unfolding “cocoon” seats are installed. In the economy class cabin, the seat pitch is increased to make passengers more comfortable.
Aeroflot operates А330s on both international and domestic flights.
Currently, А330s are in service on routes to Beijing, Havana, Vladivostok and London.
AEROFLOT has its main base in Moscow, in Sheremetyevo International Airport. As Russia’s largest airline, it carried 9.3 million passengers in 2008, and combined with its subsidiaries – 11.6 million. Aeroflot operates flights of its own to 97 destinations in 46 countries. Over 42% of the Russian market of scheduled international traffic belongs to Aeroflot. Its share on the domestic air lines has been growing at a leading pace reaching now 13.7%, and taking into account its subsidiaries’ performance it is 20%.
Aeroflot is a member of the global airline alliance SkyTeam. Aeroflot has provided to its customers access to the route network covering now 856 destinations in 169 countries (see details at the website www.skyteam.com ). It cooperates with 29 foreign and Russian airlines under code-sharing agreements.
Aeroflot has an aircraft fleet that is one of the youngest in Europe. It numbers 106 aircraft, two thirds of which are modern airliners. The fleet is continuously refreshed. Aeroflot has plans to acquire Russian-made regional jets of new generation Sukhoi SuperJet-100.
Aeroflot meets highest international aviation safety standards. Following successful completion of International Air Transport Association (IATA) Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) Aeroflot has become the first Russian carrier that was entered into IOSA Aircraft Operators Register. In 2009, it reconfirmed the IOSA certificate for the third time in a row, and was successful in completion of the procedure of IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO). Since March of 2008 Aeroflot has got a Quality Management System uniformed certificate of compliance to the ISO 9001:2000 standard. Customers can buy e-tickets, receive information on seats reservations and flights status, obtain an award ticket for bonus miles, and find Aeroflot’s news and information at the website www.aeroflot.ru.