The Management of “Aeroflot – Russian airlines” OJSC has approved the program of stage-by-stage replacement of Tu-134 aircrafts. All the 14 Tu-134 aircrafts belonging to the Aeroflot’s fleet will be taken out of service by January 01, 2008.
Tu-134 is a passenger liner meant for the airlines extending up to 3000 km and seating up to 76. This aircraft has honorably finished its 40-year operation on the domestic and international Aeroflot routes. The first version of Tu-134 was put into operation in 1967, and the liner took its place in the history of the Russian civil aviation as the most popular domestically produced model which numbered 852 aircrafts.
In view of the taken decision the Management has drawn special attention of the engineering team to the maintenance of this model’s high reliability and safety during the remaining lifetime.
By 2010 Aeroflot also plans to replace Tu-154 aircrafts with more modernized models.
Tu-134 and Tu-154 will be replaced with the liners of the new generation – short-haul aircrafts SuperJet–100 designed by the perspective Russian company “Sukhoy”, which delivery will commence at the end of 2008, and medium-haul А320 aircraft family.
The Aeroflot fleet numbers 88 aircrafts as of February 01, 2007 including: Tu-134-14, Tu-154-28, Il-96-6, A319-8, A320-10, A321-7, B767-11, DS-10-4.
“Aeroflot – Russian Airlines”, OJSC is based in Moscow, Russia, Sheremetyevo Airport. The company was founded in 1923. It is the largest carrier on the international and domestic lines, which accounts for 39% of international and 11% of domestic air transportation market in Russia. Aeroflot is the member of Sky Team global airline alliance, which was acknowledged the “Best Airline Alliance” in 2005 and 2006 by the readers of Global Traveler Magazine. In 2006 the airline carried 7,3 million passengers to 89 cities of 47 countries around the world. The net profit of the company in 2005 amounted to 6.032 billion RUR. Aeroflot makes 302 daily flights served by the fleet consisting of 88 aircrafts. You can learn more about Aeroflot on the Web at: www.aeroflot.ru and www.skyteam.com.