Aeroflot looks at acquiring airliners with 400-plus seats

Aeroflot Aeroflot currently operates a fleet of seventeen 402-seat Boeing 777-300ERs, all of which are configured in a three-class layout (byeangel // Wikimedia.org)

Aeroflot is planning to acquire long-range wide-body aircraft with a capacity of more than 400 seats. According to documents posted on a procurement portal, Russia’s prime carrier will, on a competitive basis, select a consultant tasked with determining the optimal type of future wide-bodied airliners for Russia’s flagship airline.

Currently, the only aircraft types operated by Aeroflot that satisfy the 400-plus seats category are its Boeing 777-300ERs, all of which are configured in a three-class layout and which can carry a maximum of 402 people – 324 in economy class, 48 in premium economy and 30 in business. Potentially, more than 400 passengers can be uplifted by the new re-engined B777-9 modification version that can accommodate between 400 and 425 passengers in standard layout – as well as the Airbus A350-1000 and the Airbus A330neo family.

Among other tasks for the consultant will be to support the purchase of new western-built narrow-body aircraft, determining the company’s needs for new aircraft between 2020 and 2023. The consultant is to prepare a technical and economic feasibility study and will provide assistance in the launch of a project to reconfigure the airline’s current fleet of Boeing 777-300ERs. And also to determine the optimal layouts, interiors, and standards of cabin designs for new aircraft. The proposed contract value is 342 million roubles (US$ 5.6 million) and must be executed by the end of 2019.

During the first quarter of 2020, Aeroflot is to start operating the Airbus A350-900 aircraft. The all-new airliner addition will feature a three-class cabin configuration, with 28 seats in business, 24 in comfort and 264 in economy, offering a total of 316.

Aeroflot, which plans to add 28 Airbus A350s to its fleet, has so far placed firm orders for only 14.

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