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19 September 2006

“Aeroflot” Obtained The First Aircraft From The New Consignment Of Airbuses A320

Today, the Russian national carrier “Aeroflot”, OJSC obtained the first airliner from the new consignment of airbuses A320, delivered under the earlier concluded contracts. The registration number of the delivered aircraft is VP-BQP. The aircraft is called “A. Rublev”. Two more planes will be delivered to Aeroflot in October: А321 (“I. Repin”) and А320 (“V. Vasnetsov”). By the end of 2006 it is expected to acquire 7 planes in all (А320 – 3 aircrafts, А321 – 4 aircrafts). In 2007 it is expected to obtain five new airbuses under the earlier concluded contracts (А320 – 2 aircrafts, and А321 – 3 aircrafts) and one A320 aircraft within the framework of new transactions approved at the Aeroflot Board Meeting on September 15, 2006. All the planes are new. They are supplied from the factory “Airbus Industries”.

The lessors: General Electric Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) and Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS).

A320 air liners have a more up-to-date airframe design and the most spacious and comfortable cabin among all the narrow-bodied planes. A230 aircrafts are the recognized passengers’ favorites. They are efficient, able to cover a large flying range, they require little maintenance expenses. Among the “Airbus” narrow-bodied planes operated by Aeroflot there are 124-seat A319, 150-seat А320 and 185-seat А321. These liners, distinguishing from each other only by the length of fuselage, have the same design of pilot’s cockpits, the same airborne systems and handling characteristics. Operation of these uniform aircrafts allows the carrier to save considerable funds. The planes from this family are operated by more than 110 airline companies worldwide.

Aeroflot was the first to operate the airbuses in the territory of the CIS and Baltic states. For the earlier acquired and currently operated aircrafts Aeroflot has chosen comfortable two-class cabin layouts, designed for accommodation of 116 (А319), 140 (А320) and 170 (А321) passengers. The airline operates these planes on a wide range of its European and domestic routes.

“Aeroflot – Russian Airlines”, OJSC is based in Moscow, 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 has been acknowledged the world's best airline alliance by the readers of Global Traveler Magazine. In 2005 the airline carried 6.8 million passengers to 89 cities of 47 countries around the world. The net profit of the company in 2005 amounted to RUR 6.032 billion. Aeroflot makes 302 daily flights served by the fleet consisting of 85 aircrafts. You can learn more about Aeroflot on the Web at: www.aeroflot.ru and www.skyteam.com