AEROFLOT PUTS INTO OPERATION GAGARIN А320 AIRCRAFT
March 18 2009, Moscow. – Aeroflot – Russian Airlines JSC received the 28th A320 airplane by Airbus. By the end of 2009 the company expects 4 more crafts of the model delivered. At the moment, Aeroflot’s fleet includes 50 aircrafts from the A319/320/321 family. The plane was called after Y. Gagarin, a USSR space pilot and the first earthman to make a flight into space.
The aircraft was received under an operational lease contract signed in 2007. The leasing company is General Electric Capital Aviation Services (GECAS).
All the machines are supplied directly ex-factory. The cabins are delivered in two-class layout to accommodate 116 (A319), 140 (A320) and 170 (A321) passengers. Aeroflot operates A320 family aircrafts to a destinations network in Russia and Europe. The company is among the world’s leaders in terms of operational reliability and actual hours flown per aircraft.
A320 is one of the best machines for medium range flights, complying with safety, reliability and passenger comfort requirements.