Aeroflot has operated the first revenue flight of its Airbus A350-900.
Russia’s flag carrier received the first Airbus A350-900 on 04 March. It expects to take delivery of 11 A350s by the end of 2020.
Aeroflot is the first airline in Eastern Europe and CIS to operate the A350. The new aircraft is also the first to feature Aeroflot’s new livery.
Aeroflot’s A350 has a three-class cabin layout with 316 seats: 28 private business class Suites, including 2-metre full-flat beds; 24 Comfort economy seats with extra legroom; and 264 Economy class seats.
As well as a high level of privacy and personal space, the Suites also come fitted with a 54cm screen. The Business class cabin also has a bar offering an extensive range of drinks and snacks.
Economy and Comfort class offer increased legroom and seat pitch. The spacious cabin, reduced noise and adaptive lighting create a relaxing atmosphere for passengers on board.
In addition, the latest-generation Panasonic eX3 in-flight entertainment system, HD screens and Wi-Fi connectivity will ensure enhanced experience for all passengers on long-haul flights.
Aeroflot plans to operate its A350s on new routes from Moscow to Osaka and Singapore. The Russian flag carrier also plans to operate the advanced widebody on other popular routes including Delhi, London, New York, Miami and Tel Aviv.
The A350 XWB offers by design unrivalled operational flexibility and efficiency for all market segments – up to ultra-long haul (9,700 nm). Its Airspace by Airbus cabin is the quietest of any twin-aisle aircraft and offers passengers and crews the most modern in-flight flying experience. The aircraft features the latest aerodynamic design, a carbon fibre fuselage and wings, plus new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines. Together, these latest technologies result in 25% lower operating costs, as well as 25% reduction in fuel burn and CO2 emissions compared with previous-generation competing aircraft.
At the end of January 2020, the A350 XWB Family had received 935 firm orders from 50 customers worldwide.
Aeroflot is Russia’s flagship carrier and is based in Moscow, at Sheremetyevo International Airport.
Routes: Aeroflot serves 149 destinations in 53 countries.
Fleet: As of March 1, 2020 Aeroflot had 247 passenger aircraft, the average age of the fleet was 4.9 years.
- 1 Airbus A350
- 19 Airbus A330
- 74 Airbus A320
- 33 Airbus A321
- 47 Boeing 737
- 19 Boeing 777
- 54 SSJ-100
Passenger Numbers: In 2019, Aeroflot carried 37.2 million passengers (60.7 million passengers as Aeroflot Group including subsidiaries).
N.B. Image credit: Airbus