Russia’s Aeroflot Group is planning to expand its aircraft fleet to 600 by 2028, including 235 Russian manufactured aircraft.
The announcement was made on July 16 following a Board of Directors meeting where Aeroflot CEO Vitaly Saveliev presented an updated strategy for the period through 2028. Under the updated strategy the Group will also target 130 million passengers in 2028.
The Strategy also calls for additional differentiation among the Group’s airlines in terms of their individual priorities and operating models. Aeroflot will focus on developing long-haul operations.
Pobeda will focus on budget travel and will aim to carry 55-65 million passengers in 2028. Further development of the Group’s low-cost carrier will help significantly reduce average ticket prices for economy-class travel and increase air transport accessibility in Russia.
Meanwhile, Rossiya airline will focus on the Russian domestic market, including flat fares on socially important routes, as well as on operating Russian-built aircraft.
Aeroflot CEO Vitaly Saveliev said, “Key aspects of the updated strategy were developed at the end of 2019. Recent developments caused by the coronavirus pandemic showed us that we are on the right track. The updated strategy will make air travel more affordable and increase mobility, providing additional support for Aeroflot Group’s future growth.”
“The strategy through 2028 is called 30/30, as it calls for an increase in passenger traffic by 30 million, and a decrease in the average fares for economy-class passengers in Russia by 30%. It is an ambitious goal, but I believe that we can achieve it and put Aeroflot Group among the 10 largest global aviation groups,” Saveliev added.
The Russian carrier took delivery of its first A350-900, becoming the launch operator of the latest-generation widebody aircraft in Eastern Europe and CIS. The passenger fleet consists of narrow-body and wide-body aircraft from seven aircraft families: the Airbus A320, the Airbus A321, the Airbus A330, the Airbus A350 XWB, the Boeing 737, the Boeing 777, and the Sukhoi Superjet 100. As of July 1, 2020, there are 246 passenger aircraft registered in the Aeroflot fleet
Aeroflot is Russia’s flagship carrier and a member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance. In 2019, Aeroflot carried 37.2 million passengers (60.7 million passengers as Aeroflot Group including subsidiaries).
Aeroflot holds 4-Star Airline status from Skytrax and was named Best Airline in Eastern Europe for the eighth time at the 2019 Skytrax World Airline Awards.
Aeroflot has also been awarded a five-star global airline rating by US aviation association APEX.