Russia’s Aeroflot to reduce aircraft fleet for the first time in 12 years

Aeroflot will reduce its fleet in 2019, the Vedomosti newspaper reported on Tuesday. Although the number of liners will decrease by two only, this will be the first reduction in the fleet since 2007, Trend reports citing TASS.

At the end of 2018, Aeroflot had 253 aircraft including 39 long-haul and 164 medium-haul (Airbus and Boeing), as well as 50 Russian regional Sukhoi Superjet (SSJ-100).

During the Jan-Sep 2019 period, the air company’s fleet was reduced by four aircraft – having received two long-range Boeing 777s, Aeroflot decommissioned one long-range Airbus 330 and four medium-haul Airbus 320/321. One SSJ-100 burned down at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo on May 5. By the end of the year, eight airliners will be withdrawn from the fleet including two A330s, two A321s and four A320s. At the same time, the air carrier will receive the first 10 Russian SSJ-100s out of a hundred ordered in 2018.

Thus, the fleet of Aeroflot in 2019 will amount to 251 aircraft.

The air carrier’s spokesperson told the newspaper that the company is focused on increasing the fleet of the existing fleet. He also assured that in 2020 the fleet will grow due to the purchase of the latest long-haul Airbus 350. The plans are to increase the fleet by 2023 up to 520 planes.

In 2007, Aeroflot reduced its fleet by five aircraft down to 78. Then all Tu-134s were decommissioned.

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