06 October 2013

A350-800 not to be canceled as Aeroflot and Airbus have signed the order agreement comprising 22 A350 XWB aircraft… and 8 of them are A350-800, with deliveries between 2018 and 2023.

A previously undisclosed price tag for the contract to supply 22 Airbus A350 airplanes for Aeroflot totaled $3.1 billion, a news report said last Friday.

Aeroflot signed a contract with Airbus in 2007 to purchase 18 A350-800XWB and 4 A350-900XWB planes for an undisclosed sum.

The planes were initially set to be supplied between 2014 and 2017, but according to presentation materials obtained by Interfax, the terms have now been changed to years 2018 through 2023.

An industry insider said that the contract has changed to include more planes of the 900 series. Under the new agreement, the airline will get 8 Airbus planes of the 800 series and the rest will be of the 900 series.

Another large contract concluded by Aeroflot in 2007 will give the airline 22 Boeing B787 Dreamliner airplanes starting in 2016.

The company's fleet is currently balanced between Boeing and Airbus-made planes. However, Aeroflot plans to include 126 planes from Russian producers, such as the Sukhoi SuperJet-100 and MS-21, by 2020.

Based on the article “Aeroflot Paid $3,1Bln for Airbus A350 Order” published in The Moscow Times

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