Will Aeroflot fly A380 superjumbo
Will Russia’s Aeroflot be seen flying the A380 superjumbo after acquiring Transaero Airlines?
The acquisition of Russian airline, Transaero Airlines, by state-owned carrier Aeroflot was announced yesterday. Transaero Airlines has incurred growing losses, particularly during the last year, and was reported have had debts around USD 1billion. It is believed that Aeroflot will restructure and merge Transaero Airlines into the Aeroflot group of companies.
Summer 2015 was to have seen the first of four Transaero Airlines A380 superjumbo enter service, but only last month Airbus Group announced it had postponed the delivery of its A380 superjumbo to the Russian airline. Transaero Airlines A380’s were to be fitted with 652 seats in three classes of service.
Transaero Airlines had a large number of other aircraft on order in addition to these four A380 superjumbos, with 4 Boeing 747-8 and up to 20 Airbus A330’s due to be joining their fleet.
Aeroflot & Transaero ratings
As at September 2015, both Aeroflot and Transaero Airlines are ranked as 3-Star Airlines.
Skytrax have stated that within the 3-Star Airline category, Aeroflot is now close to meeting the 4-Star Airline certification, whilst Transaero Airlines 3-Star Airline rating was being impacted by a much more inconsistent quality of product offered across the Transaero Airlines aircraft fleet.
The acquisition of Transaero Airlines by Aeroflot comes less than 2 weeks since the Airbus Global Market Forecast predicted that the Russia & CIS air passenger market would more than double in the next 20 years, with over 2,000 aircraft needed by 2034, compared to the 922 in operation today. Airbus had forecast that over 1,280 of these aircraft will be new deliveries.