55th Boeing enters revenue service for Aeroflot
The latest Boeing 737-800 narrow-body aircraft has been added to the fleet of Aeroflot. The 55th American-made aircraft to join the fleet of the Russian national airline, comes amid increased political tension between Russia and the USA, a situation which is threating normal economical relations.
In addition to the B737s, the airline also extensively uses long-haul Boeing 777 widebodies.
The new aircraft (serial number MSN 41220) arrived directly from the manufacturer and received the registration number VQ-BHC before starting revenue service on April 13.
The leased aircraft, which has the same layout as all the B737-800s in Aeroflot’s fleet – accommodating 20 passengers in business class and 138 in economy – is powered by CFM International CFM56-7 engines and is equipped with fuel-saving wing tips.
Russia’s largest carrier welcomed its first B737-800 in 2013 and, taking into account VQ-BHC, now operates 39 of the type.
The other aircraft model produced by the American manufacturer in Aeroflot’s fleet is the 402-seat Boeing 777-300ER, of which there are 16.
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