2 June 2017, Moscow. — Aeroflot has taken delivery of its four new Airbus A320 family aircraft equipped with aerodynamic wing-tips known as Sharklets. The four new airliners include three Airbus A320 and an Airbus A321. All new aircraft are named in honour of outstanding Russian people who contributed a lot to artistic, cultural and scientific development.
VP-BFA Airbus A320 bears the name of Fyodor Shalyapin, world-famous opera singer, the best-known singer-actor of the first quarter of XXth century.
VP-BFG Airbus A320 bears the name of Georgy Flerov, a prominent physicist who is particularly known for his discovery of the spontaneous fission and his contribution towards the physics of thermal reactions.
VP-BFE Airbus A320 bears the name of Isaac Levitan, one of Russia’s most influential landscape artists and the founder of the “mood landscape” genre.
VP-BFQ Airbus A321 bears the name of Alexander Alexandrov, a famous composer, the founder of the Alexandrov Ensemble, who wrote the music for the national anthem of Russia.
The A320 airliner is configured with 8 seats in business class and 150 seats in economy. The A321 airliner is designed in a two class composition with 16 seats in business and 167 in economy. Aeroflot operates Airbus A320 family aircraft across its European and domestic routes network.
A320 and A321 airplanes satisfy the highest reliability, safety and comfort standards and are considered among the best for mid-range flights.
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Aeroflot is Russia’s flagship carrier and a proud member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance. Aeroflot and its partners serve 1,062 destinations in 177 countries worldwide. In 2016, Aeroflot carried 29 million passengers (43.4 million passengers as Aeroflot Group including subsidiaries).
In 2016 Aeroflot became the first Russian airline to be awarded Four Star Airline status by Skytrax in recognition of the high-quality of its customer service, and was also named Best Airline in Eastern Europe for the fifth time at the Skytrax World Airline Awards.
In 2017 Aeroflot was named the most powerful brand in Russia and the world’s strongest airline brand by leading valuation and strategy consultancy Brand Finance. Aeroflot was also named Best Major Airline in Europe by TripAdvisor travellers and recognised as the Favourite International Airline in China at the Flyer Award Ceremony 2017.
Aeroflot operates one of the youngest fleets in the world with 196 aircraft. Aeroflot is based in Moscow, at Sheremetyevo International Airport.
Aeroflot is among the global leaders in aviation safety, with a European Community Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft (SAFA) Index, the main globally recognized safety parameter, comparable to global peers.
The first Russian carrier to enter the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) register, renewing its registration for the seventh time in 2017, Aeroflot has successfully passed the IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) and is fully ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004 compliant.