February 25, 2014, Moscow. — Aeroflot has taken delivery of a new A320 fitted with state-of-the-art aerodynamic Sharklets wing-tips. The aircraft has been named in honour of Alexander Vishnevsky, the Russian and Soviet military surgeon and physician, founder of the Moscow Institute of Surgery who first developed procaine blockade as a method of local anesthesia.
Sharklets improve aircraft aerodynamics and reduce fuel consumption (up to 4 per cent, according to Airbus). These new wing-tips are 2.4 m high and made of composite materials.
All A320 aircraft are delivered to Aeroflot direct from the manufacturer. The A320 Alexander Vishnevsky is 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 meet the highest reliability, safety and comfort standards and are considered one of the best aircraft available for medium-range flights.
Today Aeroflot’s fleet includes 93 A319/320/321 family aircraft with an average age of five years.
Photographs of the A320 Alexander Vishnevsky for media publication are available on our website:
Aeroflot is Russia’s flagship carrier and one of the largest airline groups in Europe. In 2013, its 90th anniversary year, Aeroflot carried 20.9 million passengers (31.4 million passengers as Aeroflot Group including subsidiaries), a record for any Russian airline. A proud member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance, Aeroflot and its partners serve more than 1,000 destinations in 178 countries worldwide. Aeroflot operates one of the most modern and youngest fleets in Europe, numbering 148 Airbus, Boeing and Sukhoi airliners with an average age of 5.6 years. Aeroflot is among world’s leaders in aviation safety. The company’s European Community Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft (SAFA) Index, which is the main globally recognized safety parameter, is comparable to global peers. The first Russian carrier to enter the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) register, renewing its registration for the fifth time in 2013, Aeroflot has successfully passed the IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) and is fully ISO 9001:2008 compliant. In 2013, Aeroflot was named by SKYTRAX as the Best Airline in Eastern Europe for the second time. Find more at www.aeroflot.com.