Today on the International Aerospace Show in Le Bourget JSC “Aeroflot – Russian Airlines” has signed a contract with Airbus Corporation to purchase 22 A350 airplanes. According contractual terms the airplanes purchased will be delivered between 2014 through 2017.
Aeroflot was the first Russian and CIS company to operate Airbus planes in 1992. Currently Aeroflot’s fleet includes 27 airplanes of A320 family, and before 2010 the company expects to have 55 airplanes of this type in its fleet. Aeroflot has own fully operational A320 flight simulator installed in the company’s own flight crews training center. In terms of operational reliability and actual in-flight hours per one airplane Aeroflot belongs to the top list of the world leaders. Average daily time in service per single A320 family airplane in Aeroflot is 13 hours.
A350 liners are capable to take onboard from 270 to 350 passengers, flight distances for this type of airplanes is up to 15 000 km. All the airplanes have quite similar handling qualities and cockpit layouts, and this facilitates flight crews training, as well as allows to have “universal” crews capable to flight on similar sirplanes.
Joint Stock Company "Aeroflot - Russian Airlines" (AFLT) is a recognized leader on Russian civil aviation market, in fact the company is the national carrier. Being the biggest aviation company in the country Aeroflot annually serves more than 7 million passengers, same figure being taken together with Aeroflot subsidiaries comes to 9 million passengers a year, i.e. 23% from total number of Russian air passengers. Having a fleet of 90 air vehicles the company makes flights to 93 destinations in 47 countries worldwide (302 flights a day). The company controls 51% of Russian international flights and approximately 12% of internal flights. Net profit of the company in 2006 was 7.3 billion Rubles (US$258.1 million according IFRS).
Aeroflot is one of the oldest aviation companies in the world and one of the most famous brands on the globe. Established in 1923 the company is now being based in Moscow in Sheremetyevo international airport. In 2006 Aeroflot became first Russian aviation company to join global SkyTeam alliance. Integrated flight network of the alliance combines 728 destinations in 149 countries around the world. This ensures ultimately unlimited traveling opportunities for all Aeroflot' passengers. Aeroflot' clients may enjoy all frequent flyer and bonus programs of the alliance partners. More information is available on www.skyteam.com.
Aeroflot is the one and only IOSA safety standard certified aviation operator in Russia. On-line booking may be accomplished and paid on www.aeroflot.ru.