Russian flag carrier Aeroflot has welcomed the delivery of its first Airbus А320neo into its fleet, becoming the first operator of the aircraft type in Russia.
The aircraft, registration VP-BPQ, is leased by Aeroflot from Ireland-based CDB Aviation.
The Airbus A320neo has a range of 6,300 kilometres and is able to carry from 150 to 180 passengers in a typical two-class seating. Aeroflot’s first Airbus A320neo is configured to seat up to 156 passengers: 12 in a Business class and 144 in the Economy class.
In a statement, Aeroflot said it intends to take delivery of another 8 A320neo family aircraft by the end of this year.
The carrier gave the aircraft the name of Anatoly Dobrynin, named after a prominent Soviet and Russian diplomat.
The Airbus A320neo family aircraft are equipped with new-generation engines and wingtip devices known as Sharklets, which reduces CO2 emissions and fuel burn by 20 per cent (as per the manufacturer’s data) compared with previous-generation jets.
The airline also said the A320neo cabin design has a lot in common with that of Airbus A350, which has been operated by Aeroflot from March 2020.
Aeroflot said the Airbus A320neo will provide a new level of comfort for its passengers, with its wide and spacious cabin.
The A320neo is configured with 12 Business class seats and 144 Economy class seats. The seat pitch of business class seats is 96.5 centimetres, that of economy class seats is up to 76.2 centimetres.
The Business class galleys are equipped with Nespresso coffee makers, which ensure that passengers will enjoy the taste and aroma of freshly brewed coffee, the airline said.
The A320neo cabin lighting system with colour changes make the flight experience enjoyable at any time of the day or night. Enlarged overhead bins are designed to hold carry-on items.
Last year, Aeroflot took delivery of its first A350-900s from Airbus, similarly becoming the launch customer for this aircraft type in eastern Europe.
Article courtesy of Airlinerwatch.