Russia’s Aeroflot Group has announced that it intends to purchase six new Boeing 777-300ER (Extended Range) aircraft. The plan will be submitted to the next Board of Directors meeting on 31 August.
The group has not yet disclosed which of its subsidiary carriers will get the new Boeing widebodies. National flag carrier Aeroflot currently operates 16 777-300ERs, while sister company Rossiya Airlines has one 777-200ER aircraft and five 777-300s.
Together with the expected delivery of five new Airbus A350s, the acquisition of six new Boeing aircraft would expand the group’s long-range fleet by 20%.
Aerosoft and Boeing recently completed a contract for 16 of the 777-300ER type, with deliveries having taken place between February 2013 and June of this year. Details as to the possible delivery schedule for the new airliners are yet to be revealed, however, Aeroflot’s May 2017 investor presentation suggested that five of the Boeing orders could enter service as soon as 2018.
Another issue to be discussed in the upcoming meeting is Aeroflot’s plan to sell four Airbus A321 aircraft. All four are equipped with CFM International engines, with an age ranging from 7.7 to 9.9 years. The average age of Aeroflot’s fleet currently stands at 4.3 years.
The Aeroflot Group, whose subsidiaries also include Pobeda Airlines and Aurora Airlines, has a combined fleet of nearly 300 aircraft, excluding the six Antonov An-148s and a single An-24 that the group is subleasing. Plans for this year include the delivery of 59 airliners and the phasing out 19. The planned numbers for 2018 are 45 and 17 aircraft, respectively.