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Aeroflot takes delivery of its first Airbus A350-900

Aeroflot's first Airbus A350-900, first in the new livery

Aeroflot, the Russian flag carrier and member of the SkyTeam alliance, has taken delivery of its first Airbus A350-900, becoming the launch operator of the latest-generation widebody aircraft in Eastern Europe and CIS.

Aeroflot’s A350-900 features a distinctive new livery embracing its almost 100-year heritage.

Aeroflot has a total of 22 A350-900 aircraft on order and operates an Airbus fleet of 126 aircraft (107 A320 Family and 19 A330 Family aircraft).

Aeroflot’s A350-900 features a brand new elegant cabin design, offering unrivalled passenger comfort. The aircraft has a spacious three-class cabin layout with 316 seats: 28 private Business Class suites with full-flat seats, 24 Comfort Class with extra legroom and 264 Economy Class. In addition, the latest-generation Panasonic eX3 in-flight entertainment system, HD screens and Wi-Fi connectivity will ensure enhanced experience for all passengers on long-haul flights.  Aeroflot will operate its A350-900 from Moscow to a number of destinations including London, Dubai, New York, Miami, Osaka and Beijing.

At the end of January 2020, the A350 XWB Family had received 935 firm orders from 50 customers worldwide, making it one of the most successful widebody aircraft ever.

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Aeroflot announces its fourth quarter and FY 2019 financial results

Aeroflot's first Airbus A350-900, first in the new livery

Aeroflot Russian Airlines has announced its financial results for the fourth quarter (Q4) and full year (FY) ending December 31, 2019 in accordance with Russian Accounting Standards (RAS). RAS results are presented on a non-consolidated basis.

Key results in accordance with RAS, RUB million

Q4 2018

Q4 2019

Change

FY 2018

FY 2019

Change

Revenue

123,356

129,604

5.1%

504,697

551,767

9.3%

Cost of sales

136,738

130,605

(4.5)%

499,683

542,976

8.7%

Gross income/(loss)

(13,382)

(1,000)

5,013

8,791

75.4%

Net income/(loss)

(12,830)

(1,960)

2,796

5,287

89.1%

Comments on Q4 and FY 2019 RAS financial results

  • In 2019, the Company’s growth continued to be accompanied by strict cost control. Market factors including changes in FX rates significantly affected financial results year-on-year.
  • Revenue for FY 2019 was RUB 551,767, up 9.3% year-on-year. Revenue was affected by increased operational volumes and FX fluctuations (in 2019 the ruble appreciated against the euro by 2.0% year-on-year, and depreciated against US dollar by 3.2%).
    • In 2019, the number of flights operated by Aeroflot airline increased by 6.8% leading to a 3.8% increase in passenger turnover, which amounted to 101.6 billion RPKs. Passenger traffic increased by 4.1% to 37.2 million. The main growth factor was expansion of the route network and an increase in flight frequencies.
    • Active capacity management resulted in positive trend in RASK (+2.5% year-on-year in FY 2019), which increased notwithstanding the high base effect of 2018, when there was stronger demand backed by world football championship in Russia. FX rates held back growth of RASK in FY 2019.
  • Cost of sales in FY 2019 was RUB 542,976 million, up 8.7% year-on-year. In addition to factors connected to the growth of the Company, cost of sales continued to be affected by macroeconomic and industry factors.
    • In 2019, cost increases were driven mainly by rising airport charges and costs for ground handling services. Total expenses for these services rose by RUB 12,786 million (up 21.0% year-on-year) due to an increase in traffic and tariffs charged by Russian airports.
    • Total fuel expenses rose by RUB 1,910 million (up 1.5% year-on-year), following a 7.0% increase in Aeroflot airline’s flight hours. Throughout 2019, the price of kerosene significantly exceeded its average historical levels.
    • < >aintenance costs increased due to higher number of maintenance procedures including regular repairs and heavy maintenance in accordance with the existing schedules, upgrades related to improvement in product quality as well as increase in volume of operations and changes in the US dollar rate.Throughout the year management took active measures to improve the Company’s and Group’s financial results and implemented strict cost control. Optimisation measures helped to increase gross income of Aeroflot to RUB 8,791 million (+75.4% year-on-year) as well as to hold the increase in selling costs to just 9.0%, and to reduce administrative costs by 5.3%.
    • Q4 2019 significantly contributed to FY 2019 results:
      • Revenue for Q4 2019 was RUB , up 5.1% year-on-year. Revenue was affected by operational growth and FX dynamics, with the ruble appreciating against the euro by 7.1% year-on-year during the quarter. The stronger ruble held back RASK growth, which came in at 5.9% year-on-year.
      • Cost of sales in Q4 2019 decreased by 4.5%, due to ongoing optimisation measures coupled with the strengthening of the ruble against US dollar.
      • Seasonally low winter 2018-2019 period was complemented by jet fuel price and FX factors which resulted in net loss of RUB 16,850 million in Q1 2019. Thanks to measures taken by the management throughout the year the Company compensated these results not only with a strong summer season, but with a significantly better fourth quarter: in Q4 2019, the airline reduced its net loss by 6.5 times from RUB 12,830 million in Q4 2018 to RUB 1,960 million.
    • Net income of Aeroflot for FY 2019 increased by 89.1% and amounted to RUB 5,287 million.

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Air France welcomes the 350th Airbus A350 delivered by Airbus and unveils its summer destinations

First A350-900, delivered on September 27, 2019

Air France made this announcement:

In a nod to the history of the French aviation industry, the 350th Airbus A350 will fly in the Air France colors.

The aircraft on February 4 left the aircraft manufacturer’s assembly line in Toulouse and will shortly begin flying to Bamako and Abidjan.

In returning to its tradition of naming its aircraft, Air France has called it Nice, in tribute to the iconic city on the French Riviera and gateway to the Mediterranean.

Nice joins the A350s already delivered to the company – Toulouse, Lyon and St. Denis de la Réunion.

By 2025, Air France will take delivery of 38 Airbus A350s, the new jewel in its long-haul fleet.

6 destinations to discover by Airbus A350

For the 2020 summer season*, Air France will serve 6 long-haul destinations by Airbus A350 on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle – Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire), Bamako (Mali), Bangkok (Thailand), Atlanta, Boston, Washington (USA).

  • Bamako – Abidjan: 1 daily flight
  • Bangkok: 3 weekly flights (outbound flight on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday; return on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday)
  • Atlanta: 1 daily flight
  • Boston: 1 daily flight until 4 May and subsequently 2 daily flights
  • Washington: 1 daily flight as from 5 June 2020

*2020 summer season: from 29 March to 25 October 2020

A new definition of comfort

The Air France Airbus A350 has 324 seats, with 34 in the Business cabin, 24 in the Premium Economy cabin and 266 in the Economy cabin.

On board, customers enjoy:

  • a spacious and quiet cabin,
  • windows that are 30% larger,
  • an optimized air pressure system providing a more comfortable cabin atmosphere with regularly renewed cabin air,
  • lighting adapted to the different flight phases.

In Business, the seat turns into a real 2 metre-long lie-flat bed, guaranteeing restful sleep. In Premium Economy, the brand new “Recliner” seat is 48cm wide and reclines to 124°. In Economy, the seat has been redesigned for even more comfort, with a reinforced ergonomic seat cushion, a 118° seat recline, as well as a 79-cm seat pitch. Each cabin features large individual High Definition touch screens.

To stay connected on board the Airbus A350, customers have access to Air France CONNECT, the inflight Wi-Fi service, which offers 3 types of pass:

  • A free “Message” pass for all, to send and receive messages during the entire flight;
  • A “Surf” pass, costing between €3 and €18 (6,000 Miles), to surf the internet, consult and send emails;
  • A “Stream” pass, costing €30 (10,000 Miles), to enjoy high-speed internet access, streaming and downloading, including the “Message” and “Surf” passes.

Renewing the Air France fleet, a powerful way of reducing its environmental footprint

With the Airbus A350-900, Air France is accelerating the change towards more sustainable air transport, in line with its HORIZON 2030 commitments.

A latest-generation aircraft, the A350 consumes 25% less fuel (i.e. 2.5 litres per passenger per 100 kilometres) thanks to the use of 67% lighter materials: 53% composites and 14% titanium. Its noise footprint is also reduced by 40%.

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SAS’ “Ingegerd Viking” to take take off on first flight today

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS Airbus A350-941 F-WZHJ (SE-RSA) (msn 358) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 948367.

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS issued this statement:

The first of SAS eight Airbus A350s, named “Ingegerd Viking”, is to fly its inaugural flight, SK943, today from Copenhagen to Chicago. On each flight, a total of 300 travelers can look forward to a comfortable flight, including a cabin with new seat models and unique, customized SAS solutions.

Showcasing innovative technologies and design, the new Airbus A350 offers a new and more sustainable way of traveling long haul, to and from Scandinavia.

The premiere flight will be celebrated at events in Copenhagen at Kastrup International Airport and in Chicago at O’Hare International Airport.

It will be based at the SAS hub at Copenhagen Airport and will operate on seven routes during the first year, including Chicago, Beijing, New York, Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong and San Francisco.

In total, as a part the modernization of the short and long-haul fleet, SAS will take delivery of new Airbus A320neo (80), Airbus A330 Enhanced (5), Airbus A350 (8), and Airbus A321LR (3) aircraft before the end of 2023.

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Aeroflot updates its livery with the first Airbus A350-900 out of the paint shop

Aeroflot revises its livery with the first Airbus A350-900

Aeroflot Russian Airlines has updated its livery with the first Airbus A350-900 fresh out of the paint shop at Airbus.

The new look adds larger titles and removes the blue underside with the red trim line. The fuselage has also gone from silver to white.

The pictured A350-941 carries the temporary registration of F-WZGT and will become VQ-BFY (msn 383) on delivery. It carries the name of  “P. Tchaikovsky”.

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Iberia to expand Airbus A350-900 routes in 2020

Third Airbus A350-900 for Iberia

Iberia currently operates its six Airbus A350-900s from the Madrid hub to New York (JFK), Chicago (O’Hare), Buenos Aires and Santiago.

The airline is planning to expand A350 operations with the next six deliveries. IB will open new A350 routes to San Jose (Costa Rica) and Los Angeles with the beginning of the summer 2020 schedule. Tokyo (Narita) will follow in time for the 2020 Olympics.

On June 23, 2019, Iberia’s A350-900 landed for the first time at Chicago. This is the third city, after New York and Buenos Aires.

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SAS to open a nonstop route to Tokyo Haneda with the new Airbus A350-900

SAS' first Airbus A350-900, in new livery

Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) has announced a nonstop route to Tokyo Haneda International Airport from Copenhagen Kastrup. The route gives travelers better access to downtown Tokyo and with All Nippon Airways (ANA), a fellow Star Alliance member, the route will increase connectivity to 30 domestic destinations in Japan.

Shinjuku skyline at sunset taken from Shibuya, Tokio.

The direct Copenhagen-Haneda route will be served by SAS’ new Airbus A350-900 aircraft. As the most environmental-friendly airplane on the market, the A350 will reduce emissions by 30 percent compared to earlier generations of similar long-haul aircraft.

In connection with the route between Copenhagen and Haneda, SAS will discontinue the service between Copenhagen and Tokyo Narita Airport. More capacity between Japan and Scandinavia will be added in spring 2020 when All Nippon Airways opens a new route between Haneda and Stockholm.

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