Boeing and Aeroflot Russian Airlines have revealed that the Russian carrier is a previously unidentified customer for eight Boeing 777-300ERs.
“The Boeing 777 will strengthen our long-haul capabilities,” says Vitaly Saveliev, director general of Aeroflot Russian Airlines. “These airplanes will play a critical role in our network expansion strategy, particularly the international growth opportunities we expect from our joint businesses with SkyTeam partners when servicing the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games and the 2018 Football World Cup.”
“Aeroflot is expanding the strategic capabilities of its long-haul fleet,” says Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “We’re very grateful for the confidence Aeroflot has placed in Boeing – and in the 777.”
Russia is an important supplier for the Boeing 777 family. VSMPO, a subsidiary of Rostechnologii State Corporation, manufactures large titanium forgings for the landing gears, wings and pylon of the 777. Russian engineers at the Moscow Boeing Design Center and IT experts from Russian software companies actively participated in designing the 777-300ER.
Aeroflot is the largest airline and the national carrier in Russia. Its overall flight network comprises 898 locations in 169 countries. In 2010, 11.3 million passengers flew on Aeroflot’s services and about 14 million used the services offered by the Aeroflot group.
Operating a fleet of 107 aircraft, Aeroflot is a member of SkyTeam, the global airline alliance. To date, nine of 13 SkyTeam members have ordered a total of 171 777s.
The order was previously attributed to an unidentified customer on Boeing’s Orders and Deliveries website.