Aeroflot’s Fleet In 2021

Russian flag carrier Aeroflot is currently in the midst of an ambitious plan to become a leading global…

Aeroflot’s Fleet In 2021

Russian flag carrier Aeroflot is currently in the midst of an ambitious plan to become a leading global carrier. To this end, the airline has been making several changes to its fleet, including switching to only Boeing and Airbus aircraft. Here’s a look at Aeroflot’s fleet in 2021.

Aeroflot’s new flagship aircraft is the Airbus A350-900, the first of which first arrived last February. Photo: Getty Images

All fleet data used in this article is from Planespotters.net.

Narrowbody

Founded in 1923, Aeroflot has had a long history in aviation and is quickly approaching its 100th anniversary. The carrier serves scores of domestic destinations across Russia and over 50 countries internationally. For most of these missions, Aeroflot deploys its diverse narrowbody fleet.

Aeroflot currently operates 177 narrowbodies, consisting of the Airbus A320 family, the Boeing 737, and Sukhoi Superjet 100. Here’s the breakdown of its fleet:

  • 59 Airbus A320-200s
  • Four A320neos
  • 33 A321-200s
  • Two A321neos
  • 38 Boeing 737-800s
  • 28 Sukhoi SJ100s (all moving to subsidiary Rossiya by the end of 2021)
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The A320 family is the anchor of Aeroflot’s fleet, with new A320neos and A321neos joining the fleet too. Photo: Getty Images

The A320neo and A321neos are the youngest planes in the fleet having being delivered in May and June 2021. Similarly, the A320ceos are currently the oldest at six years on average (5.6 years for the A321ceos). The 737-800s are slightly younger at 5.1 years on average.

Aeroflot’s Superjets are currently on their way over to subsidiary Rossiya, which means they will be gone by the end of this year. However, these regional jets only average 5.6 years and serve several important routes.

Widebodies

To serve dozens of destinations across the globe, Aeroflot operates a notable widebody fleet. The airline flies 37 twin-aisle aircraft, consisting of the Boeing 777, Airbus A330, and flagship A350s. The fleet is growing too as Aeroflot continues to take delivery of new A350s in the coming months and years.

Here’s a breakdown of the carrier’s widebody fleet:

  • One A330-200
  • 12 A330-300s
  • Four A350-900s
  • 20 Boeing 777-300ERs
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The 777-300ER remains Aeroflot’s widebody anchor, operating key routes to the US and Asia. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

When it comes to fleet age, Aeroflot’s widebodies vary widely. The sole A330-200 is the oldest aircraft in the airline’s fleet at 11.9 years old. The A330-300s are relatively old too, with the dozen averaging an age of 9.3 years. However, these older planes are offset by a slew of new aircraft.

Aeroflot’s 777-300ERs only average an age of six years, with the latest jet joining the fleet in February 2021. The carrier’s first A350 was only delivered in February 2020, with three more joining in May and June of this year. This means the entire fleet is just under one year old.

Young

Overall, Aeroflot operates a fleet of 201 aircraft and counting. These planes average an age of 5.8 years, making the carrier one of the youngest major airlines globally. As the carrier seeks to become a 5-Star Airline, its modern fleet will play a key role in attracting passengers and strengthening its status globally. For now, keep an eye out for Aeroflot’s ambitious plans and growing fleet.

What do you think about Aeroflot’s fleet? Have you flown with them before? Let us know in the comments!

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After two full months, the UAE is reopening to Indian residents looking to return to the country. However, considering the high health risk, the government has added several requirements before and after arriving in the UAE. This includes being fully vaccinated with select vaccines, a three-step testing program, and more. Here’s a guide to the full requirements for travel.

The two-month-long ban has affected thousands of Indians hoping to return to the UAE. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

Pre-flight

Before jumping to book tickets to Dubai, it’s important to note who is eligible to travel currently. Starting April 23rd, those with valid residence visas will be allowed to enter the UAE from India. This means travelers or those on tourist visas still remain banned from traveling.

If you hold a residence visa, the UAE has set strict health requirements due to high cases and new variants in India. All travelers must have taken both doses of a UAE-approved COVID-19 vaccine (Sinopharm, Pfizer, Oxford-AstraZeneca, and Sputnik V). For India, this means only travelers who have taken two doses of Covishield (Oxford-AstraZeneca) or Sputnik V can fly right now.

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India recently extended the gap between Covishield shots to 12 weeks as shortages emerged, possibly preventing many from traveling. Photo: Airbus

Considering 90% of vaccines given in India are Covishield/AstraZeneca, most residents should be able to travel. However, India’s long gap of 12 weeks means that most under 45 have not had their second dose, barring them from entering the UAE. However, if you have managed to get both doses and are fully vaccinated, you’re one of the lucky few eligible to fly.

Testing

Assuming you’ve met the residency and vaccine requirements, testing is next on the list. All travelers from India (minus UAE citizens) must take an RT-PCR test 48 hours before departure. Importantly, the test reports must come with a QR code that links back to the results to prevent fraud.

Once you’ve tested negative, passengers must take a rapid COVID-19 test four hours before departure. This means passengers will have to arrive at the airport at least five hours in advance to take the rapid test and complete the usual formalities.

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The combination of pre-flight RT-PCR and rapid testing should help avoid many positive passengers onboard. Photo: Aero Icarus via Wikimedia Commons

Upon arriving in Dubai, passengers will have to take another RT-PCR test at the airport. Results from this test could take 24 hours to arrive, until which passengers must undergo an institutional quarantine, usually at nearby hotels. Diplomats and UAE citizens are exempt from the institutional quarantine.

Strict

While Dubai’s entry restrictions are undoubtedly strict, they will be a relief to thousands of Indians stranded due to the April travel ban. However, many will struggle to meet the vaccine requirement due to the spacing between doses. Moreover, passenger loads will remain low as tourists remain barred from entering Dubai.

Along with India, UAE also loosened restrictions for travelers from Nigeria and South Africa. It’s likely that tourists from India will be allowed to return in the coming weeks, especially since cases continue to fall. For now, keep an eye out for further updates on traveling to Dubai this summer.

What do you think about the UAE’s new entry requirements? Let us know in the comments!

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