AEROFLOT STARTS OPERATING NEW A330 “A. GRIBOYEDOV”
September 9 2009, Moscow. – JSC Aeroflot Russian Airlines has received the fourth А330-200 air plane by Airbus. The aircraft was named after Aleksandr Griboyedov, a Russian playwright, poet and diplomat.
This is the fourth aircraft of this type received under an operational leasing contract. The leasing company is AerCap. By 2010, Aeroflot expects receiving six more А330 aircrafts including one А330-200 and five A330-300s.
А330 aircrafts have flying range of up to 12,500 km, can accommodate 241 passengers and are used by leading international carriers in the long-haul segment. The aircrafts are equipped with Rolls-Royce Trent 772 engines.
The new airliners are delivered to Aeroflot on a two-class layout: 34 business-class and 207 economy-class seats. The aircrafts have the cutting-edge Panasonic eX 2 IFE system with wide-screen video-monitors sized 9-16’’ inbuilt in each armchair, allowing the use of a multi-channel video-audio program. The business class compartment has comfortable foldable ‘cocoon’ armchairs. The economy-class compartment has increased inter-row space for more comfortable accommodation of passengers.
The carrier plans operation of А330s on both international and domestic lines.
Currently, А330s fly to Beijing, Habana, Vladivostok and London.
AEROFLOT is based in Moscow, in the Sheremetyevo International Airport. As Russia’s largest carrier, the company flew 9.3 million passengers in 2008, together with its subsidiaries, 11.6 million passengers. Aeroflot operates its own flights to 95 destinations in 48 countries. It accounts for over 45% of Russia’s scheduled international traffic. The company strives to enhance its share of domestic traffic, which now is 12.5% (with its subsidiaries, 17%t).
Aeroflot is a member of SkyTeam, a global airline alliance. Aeroflot provides its customers with an access to a route network of 928 destinations in 174 countries (more info is available on our website www.skyteam.com). Aeroflot operates code-sharing agreements with 28 foreign and Russian airline companies.
Aeroflot has one of Europe’s youngest air fleets that consists of 96 aircrafts, more than half are state-of-the-art airliners. The air fleet is regularly replenished. The company plans to receive the new generation Russian airplanes Sukhoi SuperJet-100.
Aeroflot complies with the highest international safety standards. Following the results of the International Air Transport Association’s Operational Safety Audit (IOSA), the company was the first Russian carrier to be included in the IOSA Registry. In 2009, Aeroflot has confirmed the certificate for the third time. In 2008, the company’s Quality Management System was certified as complying with ISO 9001:2000. You are welcome to buy an e-ticket, obtain any info on flight status and booking, get a ticket for your bonus miles, read the news and find out more about Aeroflot on our website www.aeroflot.ru.
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