Russian flag carrier Aeroflot acquired the 100th Airbus aircraft - А330-300, press-service of Airbus reports. AEX.ru
The A330-300 aircraft is powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 772B engines and has a two-class cabin layout seating 296 passengers (28 seats in business class and 268 in economy class). Aeroflot will operate the jet on its numerous medium- and long-haul routes, the company explained.
Aeroflot was the first operator of Airbus aircraft in Russia (the first А310 was put into operation in 1992). The carrier was also the first operator of А320 and А330 Family aircraft (the first A320 and A330 were put into service in 2003 and 2008 respectively). At present the airline’s fleet includes 79 A320 Family jets and 21 А330s (including this delivery).
“We congratulate Aeroflot, our long-standing partner, with this milestone delivery’’, said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. ‘’We are confident that the carrier will continue to use all the advantages of Airbus aircraft’s commonality providing the highest level of comfort to its passengers on board Airbus jets”.
The A330 Family, which spans 250 to 300 seats, and includes Freighter, VIP, and Military Transport/Tanker variants, has now attracted more than 1,200 orders, with around 900 aircraft flying with some 90 operators worldwide. Ever since the original version of the A330-300 entered service, the hallmark has been its very efficient operating economics. Thanks to the introduction of numerous product improvements, it still remains the most cost-efficient and capable aircraft in its class. The cabin is widely recognized as one of the quietest cabins in the sky offering a light spacious atmosphere, making flying less tiring and more pleasurable. The A330 family is achieving average dispatch reliability above 99 percent.