Airbus first established relationships with a Russia airline in 1991, and the following year, the twin-engine widebody A310 entered into service with Russian national carrier Aeroflot. The A310 became the first Western-built aircraft to receive Russian type certification.
When the first Airbus A320 Family aircraft entered commercial service in the country in 2003, the company’s best-selling single-aisle product quickly gained popularity among Russian airlines due to its high fuel efficiency, low operating costs and unprecedented passenger comfort. As of early 2018, more than 310 Airbus aircraft are in service in Russia, a figure that represents more than half of the Western-produced fleet of 100-plus seat aircraft in the country. As the market grows, Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States will need an estimated 1,200 new passenger aircraft by 2036.
Airbus maintains a customer support centre in Moscow tasked with helping Airbus customers operate their fleet safely, comfortably and profitably. In conjunction with offices in Toulouse, France, the support centre provides technical assistance to all operators of Airbus jetliners in Russia and the CIS, whether flying aircraft directly purchased from Airbus or flown on lease. The centre also regularly sets up seminars and conferences for Airbus customers dedicated to various support topics as well as new Airbus services and tools aimed at simplifying the work of technical staff.
Airbus manages several projects with the Interstate Aviation Committee, the Russian Civil Aviation Authorities, and the ministry of Transport of Russia and participates in numerous seminars and conferences on the development of flight safety.
Russia has one of the leading aircraft industries in the world, where Airbus sees long-term potential for cooperation. Airbus is constantly scouting for new ideas involving not only its major industrial partners in the country, but also universities and start-up companies.