Russian flag carrier Aeroflot has signed a contract with Airbus for the purchase of five A321 aircraft to add to its growing medium haul fleet. The contract was signed at the 46th Farnborough International Airshow.
Powered by CFM International CFM56-5 engines, Aeroflot?s A321s will feature a spacious and comfortable two-class cabin layout, and will be deployed on the airline?s extended European and domestic networks.
?We are delighted that Aeroflot continues to expand its medium haul fleet with Airbus A320 Family aircraft. This renewed vote of confidence proves that our product is holding the leading positions in its market segment in terms of fuel efficiency, passenger comfort and environmental friendliness ?, said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers.
Aeroflot was the first airline in Russia to operate the A310, with an entry into service in 1992, as well as the first to operate the A320 Family as from 2003. Currently, Aeroflot operates a fleet
of 38 A320 Family aircraft.
The A320 Family, which includes the A318, A319, A320 and A321, is recognized as the benchmark single-aisle aircraft family. Each aircraft features fly by wire controls and all share a unique cockpit and operational commonality across the range. Around 6,200 Airbus A320 Family aircraft have been sold and more than 3,500 delivered to some 280 customers and operators worldwide, making it the worlds best selling commercial jetliner ever. With proven reliability and extended servicing periods, the A320 Family has the lowest operating costs of any single aisle aircraft. Uniquely, the A320 Family offers a containerized cargo system, which is compatible with the world wide standard wide-body system.
Twelve carriers from CIS currently operate over 100 Airbus aircraft.
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