Aeroflot is selling all of its Tupolev jets. And when they are gone, only six of 100 jets in their fleet will be Russian-made — and those six will fly mainly to Havana, Hanoi and some cities inside Russia.
Aeroflot will fly nearly all Boeing and Airbus jets. This is amazing for a company that once owned nearly every civilian airplane in the entire Soviet Union. But the new Aeroflot wishes to be considered a business airline, and passengers mostly prefer Western aircraft. Russian airplanes have more cramped and noisier in general; Airbus and Boeing aircraft have the reputation of being safer and more comfortable.
But there’s another reason Aeroflot has turned to U.S. and European jets: a very practical reason, and that is fuel consumption. Russian aircraft fuel far more fuel than Western-made aircraft. Aeroflot was losing money on about 40 percent of its routes using Russian-made aircraft.
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