- Joe Breitfeller
Aeroflot Takes Delivery of Their First Airbus A350-900 Out of 22 on Order
Airbus announced Friday that Aeroflot has taken delivery of their first of 22 Airbus A350-900s on order. Aeroflot will become the Eastern European and CIS launch operator for the latest generation widebody aircraft.
Today (February 28, 2020), Airbus announced that Aeroflot has taken delivery of their first A350-900, becoming the launch operator in Eastern Europe and the CIS for the type. The aircraft is the first of 22 A350s on order by they Russian flag carrier and features a fresh new livery, celebrating the airline’s nearly century old heritage. Aeroflot also currently has 107 A320 Family and 19 A330 Family aircraft in their extensive fleet.
The new aircraft has been Christened “P. Tchaikovsky” after the legendary Russian composer and features an elegant new cabin design with a three-class layout. Aeroflot’s first A350-900 can accommodate 316 passengers with 28 Private Business Class suites with full lie-flat seats, 24 Comfort Class seats with extra legroom and 264 Economy Class seats. Additionally, the airliner has been equipped with Panasonic’s state-of-the-art IFE system with HD screens and Wi-Fi connectivity. The aircraft will be deployed on international routes from Moscow including destinations such as London, Dubai, New York, Miami, Osaka and Beijing.
The highly capable and efficient A350-900 offers the flexibility to operate in all market segments, including ultra-long-haul, with a range of up to 9,700 nautical miles. The aircraft’s revolutionary “Airspace by Airbus” cabin offers the quietest cabin in its class, providing guests and team members a modern and comfortable flight experience. Featuring the latest aerodynamic design with a carbon fiber fuselage and wings, along with new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines, the A350 offers a 25 percent reduction in fuel burn and operating costs. As of January 2020, Airbus has received 935 firm orders for A350 Family aircraft from over 50 global customers, making it one of the world’s most successful widebody programs ever.
Aeroflot is the award-winning flag carrier of Russia and a member of the SkyTeam® global alliance. The carrier serves 149 destinations in 53 countries with a fleet of 250 aircraft. The airline’s fleet is the youngest in the world for any carrier with over 100 aircraft. Aeroflot carried 37.2M passengers in 2019 on their flagship brand flights and a total of 60.7M passengers when all Aeroflot Group subsidiaries are included. The carrier holds a four start rating with Skytrax and was named ‘Best Airline in Eastern Europe” by Skytrax for the eighth time in 2019. Aeroflot has also received a five star rating from APEX (Airline Passenger Experience Association) and has been awarded five stars for punctuality by UK global travel data provider OAG.
Source(s): Airbus, Aeroflot