A Time of Growth

Dominik Sipinski outlines how despite tough geopolitics and a weak Russian ruble, a convenient hub and a strong domestic market are helping Aeroflot Russian Airlines

The introduction of more modern aircraft, such as this Sukhoi SSJ-100-95B Superjet RA-89058 (c/n 95098), and the retirements of Soviet-era aircraft has enabled Aeroflot Russian Airlines to reduce its average fleet age to around 4.2 years. More SSJ-100s, Irkut MC-21s, Airbus A350-900s and more Boeing 777-300ERs are all due to enter service in the coming years.
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In the first six months of 2017, the Aeroflot Group grew by 16.6% and carried nearly 23 million passengers. Aeroflot Russian Airlines itself, the biggest airline within the group, posted equally impressive 13.5% growth and carried over 15 million customers. Such a growth rate puts Aeroflot among the fastest-growing big airlines in Europe, on a par with Ryanair and Lufthansa Group. However, while Ryanair’s growth has long been fuelled by new aircraft deliveries and Lufthansa’s is an outcome of taking over Brussels Airlines, the Russian carrier’s growth in the region is surprising to many.

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