Aeroflot, the Russian national carrier, has taken delivery of another new A330-300, which will become the 100th Airbus aircraft to enter service with the airline.
Powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines, Aeroflot’s Airbus A330-300 features a two-class cabin layout seating 296 passengers – 28 in business class and 268 in economy class. Aeroflot plans to deploy the aircraft on numerous routes on its medium-haul and long-haul network.
Aeroflot, Russia’s largest airline and its flag carrier, took delivery of a new Airbus A330-300 on October 31, 2012. The aircraft would become its 100th Airbus aircraft, the carrier by that date operating 79 A320-family single-aisle jets and 21 A330 widebodies. Five of the A330s were A330-200s and the rest A330-300s, one of which is shown in this photograph
Aeroflot was the first airline in Russia to operate the Airbus A310, with an entry into service in 1992. It was also the first Russian carrier to operate the Airbus A320 family (in 2003) and the A330 family (in 2008).
Currently the airline operates a fleet of 79 A320-family aircraft and, with the October 31 delivery, 21 A330-family widebodies.
The Airbus A330 family, which spans 250 to 300 seats and includes Freighter, VIP, and Military Transport/Tanker variants, has now attracted orders for more than 1,200 aircraft and around 900 A330s are now flying with some 90 operators worldwide.
A330-family jets continue to sell well, Airbus booking orders for 25 A330-300s in October from Philippine Air Lines (with a follow-on order for 10 aircraft) and from Turkish Airlines (which ordered 15 more A330-300s).
The A330 family is achieving average dispatch reliability above 99 per cent, according to Airbus.