As the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak continues to spread around the world, bringing with it an unpredictable negative effect on the global air travel industry, Aeroflot Group, Russia’s largest airline conglomerate, is nevertheless poised to increase its combined fleet by 42 aircraft this year, including the newest Airbus A350s, A320neos and locally-built Superjet 100s.
The Group, which includes the four member airlines of title carrier Aeroflot, Rossiya Airlines, Pobeda and Aurora, is expecting the addition of 55 aircraft and the retirement of 13 this year, according to the company’s 2019 IFRS-qualified financial performance presentation.
Of the total number of new deliveries, 13 are wide-bodies consisting of 11 Airbus A350-900s and two Boeing 777-300ERs, 16 are from the nine narrow-body Airbus A320 family including an unspecified number of neos, and seven Boeing 737s. In the regional segment, the group is counting on adding 26 aircraft made up of 22 Russian-built Superjet 100s and two each of De Havilland Canada DHCs (-8 and -6) intended for Russian far eastern regional subsidiary Aurora.
The first A350-900 has already entered the Aeroflot fleet, with its first revenue flight scheduled for March 6.
With regard to the SSJ100s, the Russian flag carrier was planning on receiving the first 10 of the batch of 100 last year, but the delivery schedule slipped. Andrey Chikhanchin, Aeroflot’s deputy general director for commerce, has revealed that the first five SSJ100s were formally accepted in the final days of 2019 and were added to the airline’s roster in January.
During 2020, Aeroflot Group expects to retire a total of 13 aircraft consisting of nine Airbus A330 wide-bodies, two Airbus A320s and two DHC-8 turboprops.
If the group’s plans are fully fulfilled, by the end of 2020 its total fleet will have increased from 359 (as of December 31, 2019) to 401 aircraft.
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