Crisis in Ukraine: Aeroflot to order more than 300 Russian-built planes

LONDON – According to the Kremlin, Russian carrier Aeroflot is expected to order more than 300 Russian-built jets as the country’s aircraft program continues to ramp up.

This was revealed during a meeting with Aeroflot CEO Sergei Aleksandrovsky and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Aleksandrovsky said the following about the order:

“We plan to contract a total of 323 domestic aircraft, including 73 Sukhoi Superjet, 210 MC-21 – this is already in a new look, with Russian engines, imported aircraft, as well as 40 Tu-214 aircraft.”

“These are very large volumes and will of course require additional resources from us.”

“It will be necessary to increase and attract additional pilots of about 3.5 thousand people for this program, it will also require eight full flight simulators, that is, this is a serious impetus for the development of the company not only in the medium but also in the long term, I would say.

Putin openly commented and said that “there has not been such an order for a long time”, stating that the country must “organize maintenance, spare parts so that all this is possible”.

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Aeroflot has been heavily backed by the Russian government, with up to 50 billion rubles at present. Aleksandrovsky developed this further to President Putin:

“Overall, I assess the situation very positively and stable, especially in the framework of 2022. We are flying actively thanks to government support measures, first of all, of course, your support, Vladimir Vladimirovich , and the Government of the Russian Federation.”

“In addition to subsidies for passenger traffic – 50 billion – other subsidies have been allocated for the return of Aeroflot group tickets – 15 billion, we have already received 12.5. [billion].”

“It was also decided to increase the authorized capital of the Aeroflot group, Aeroflot directly, in order to close our debts under letters of credit, we also discussed this in our meetings.”

“All these measures, in my opinion, are sufficient, effective and comprehensive for the Aeroflot Group. We have received all the necessary support from the state.

“This, in turn, allows us to increase traffic volume this year. Despite the fact that a number of southern airports have been closed, we have refocused demand on the alternative destinations in demand.

“We now serve 111 destinations, 18 more than in 2021. In a number of areas, we have significantly increased our volumes, for example in the direction Moscow – Saint Petersburg from 31 daily frequencies to 45. [frequencies].”

“In Sochi we went from 15 to 25 daily frequencies, in Minvody – from two to eight daily frequencies. And in a number of other areas there has also been a significant increase. These are the most illustrative examples.

“Including state support measures, we have been allowed to maintain and maintain the price offer for our fellow citizens. Everyone predicted that there would be an increase in the cost of passenger transport in 2022, but it didn’t happen.

“In addition, for Aeroflot, compared to 2021 by 2022, we note a decrease of up to ten percent by 2021, and 21 percent by 2019, which under current conditions, is of course in high demand by our citizens.. And we are seeing a significant increase in downloads.

“Our most efficient airline is the low-cost airline Pobeda: it has an average load of 95%, as in previous years. But I can note that this year Aeroflot is also distinguished by a very high occupancy rate in the summer months. Now it is somewhere between 91 and 95% – for Aeroflot this is a very high load. »

Globally…


It remains clear that Aeroflot will remain a key element in expanding Russia’s aircraft production strategy. The order of more than 300 aircraft is a great boost for the Russian economy.

With Rostec aiming to produce over 110 commercial aircraft by 2025 and over 500 by 2030, this would represent a significant increase in overall production.

Ultimately, this will make Rostec an important player in aviation, especially for Russian carriers and those in the Commonwealth and Independent States.

Christi C. Elwood