Aeroflot takes delivery of two new A320s
Russia’s leading airline Aeroflot has taken delivery of two more Airbus A320 narrowbodies. Both aircraft have been delivered straight from the factory via Lithuanian lessor AviaAM Leasing.
The acceptance procedure for the first aircraft (s.n. 7836, registration code VP-BTA) was completed on September 28 in Toulouse. The second one (VP-BLN) was handed over to the operator two days later in Hamburg. Both airliners currently remain at the respective airports.
The lessor, who announced the delivery, did not provide any details on the cabin configurations.
The A320s previously procured by AviaAM Leasing for Aeroflot had two-class cabins seating a total of 158 passengers (eight in business and 150 in economy).
Both newly arrived airliners are owned by China’s SkyCo International Financial Leasing. AviaAM Leasing reports that they are being delivered within the lessor’s second phase of cooperation with Aeroflot. These are the second and third out of a batch of eight airplanes scheduled for delivery before the end of this year.
Aeroflot received the first airliner of the current batch in September. There is, however, no clarity as to that delivery: AviaAM Leasing itself previously reported that this was the last of the first eight-ship A320 batch delivered in cooperation with SkyCo.
With the new aircraft factored in, Aeroflot’s fleet of A320 is believed to have reached 72 units.
The airline also operates Boeing 737s and 777s, Airbus A330s, and Sukhoi Superjet 100 regional jetliners. Its total fleet exceeds 200 aircraft.
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