Aeroflot Russian Airlines (Moscow) will introduce an Airbus A320 retrojet in 2013 painted in the 1956 Tupolev Tu-104 livery. The company has issued the following statement:
On November 12, 2012 the open Internet voting for Aeroflot new aircraft retro livery was finished. Celebrating the company’s 90-th Anniversary, an airplane in a heritage livery will join the Aeroflot fleet in 2013.
In the middle of this summer Aeroflot addressed to its passengers through social networks, asking about their vision of expected Aeroflot jubilee events. As a result, more than 45 per cent of our flyers wished to see one of the national carrier’s aircraft in a retro livery.
So, the voting in Aeroflot official Facebook group had begun. There were four candidates representing four different types of painting historically worn by Aeroflot airplanes. More than 2500 passengers participated in the voting process, and the livery of one of the first world’s jet airliners – Tupolev Tu-104 (appeared in 1956) was declared a winner.
During the voting Aeroflot received from its passengers a lot of useful recommendations and remarks, which will allow updating and improving of the color scheme of the livery.
One of the brand new A320 aircraft to make part of Aeroflot fleet in the first middle of 2013 will wear a retro livery. The painting itself will be made at the Airbus manufacturing plant.
Top Image: Aeroflot.
Bottom Copyright Photo: Jacques Guillem Collection. Tupolev Tu-104B CCCP-42507 (msn 021905) in the original 1956 livery taxies away from the departure gate at Le Bourget Airport in Paris. Aeroflot introduced the new jet type on September 15, 1956 on the Moscow-Omsk-Irkutsk route. This was the world’s first sustained jet airline service. Aeroflot commenced international flights with the Tu-104 on October 12, 1956 from Moscow to Prague.