Wed, Oct 26, 2005
Aeroflot, the Russian flag carrier, has signed a contract with
Airbus for the purchase of seven A321 aircraft for its medium-haul
fleet modernisation programme. Deliveries of the newly ordered
aircraft are scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 2006.
Powered by CFM International CFM56-5 engines, Aeroflot's A321s
will feature two-class cabin layouts seating 170 passengers
including 20 seats in a fixed business class. The airline plans to
operate these aircraft on its European and domestic networks.
Aeroflot was the first Airbus customer and operator in Russia,
putting an A310 in service in 1992. It was also the first airline
in the CIS to operate the A319 and A321. Aeroflot currently
operates eight A319s, seven A320s and three A321s, and is amongst
the leading operators of the Family both in terms of operational
reliability and daily utilisation. The airline currently flies to
almost 90 destinations worldwide and in Russia.
The single-aisle A320 Family - comprising the A318, A319, A320
and A321 - has accumulated more than 40 million flight hours to
date. With more than 3,700 Airbus single-aisle aircraft ordered and
more than 2,500 delivered today, the A320 family has almost 200
customers and operators to its credit.
Airbus has design and manufacturing facilities in France,
Germany, the UK, and Spain as well as subsidiaries in the U.S.,
China and Japan. In Moscow, it has a regional office, as well as
technical representation providing on-the-spot airline support. The
Airbus Engineering Centre ECAR, established jointly with the Kaskol
Group, has been operational in Moscow since Spring 2003.
Headquartered in Toulouse, France, Airbus is an EADS joint
Company with BAE Systems.
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