State of the Airlines

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Aeroflot Decision on Next Aircraft Definitely Not Indefinite

Apparently "indefinitely" is a lot shorter time span than I thought. Just last Friday Aeroflot said the decision on their next aircraft purchase was on hold indefinitely. Then Monday an Aeroflot shareholder decided it made good business sense to lock in the deal for the Boeing 787. But that deal was not blessed by the Russian goverment who are trying to leverage some influence with Airbus parent company EADS. Today, Aeroflot is announcing that they will purchase both the Boeing 787 and the Airbus A350. The purchase would be staggered with 22 787s being delivered 2010-2012 and 22 A350s from 2012-2016. Apparently this decision has appeased the Kremlin and both deals will receive the endorsement of the Russia government.

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