Russian airline Aeroflot has confirmed Wi-Fi internet will be available on 26 long-haul airplanes by the end of the year. Some 22 Airbus 330 and four Boeing 777 airliners will be connected to internet through satellite-based onboard Wi-Fi, many in the first quarter of the year.
An Aeroflot flight from New York to Moscow has been forced to make an emergency landing in Reykjavik after a bomb threat. The Russian plane was forced to land after air traffic controllers in Moscow received an anonymous call saying a bomb was on board the flight.
Travelport and Russian airline Aeroflot have announced a new agreement that secures full content from the carrier for Galileo and Worldspan-connected travel agents worldwide. Effective immediately, the five year deal provides all Travelport GDS users with access to the fares and inventory of Aeroflot, including the carrier’s best published fares and functionality parity with all other distribution channels.
Russian authorities are to ground unsafe airlines as the country mourns the latest in a series of deadly accidents. Following the deaths of 43 people from the Lokomotiv ice hockey squad in an air disaster earlier this week, president Dmitry Medvedev ordered officials to “discontinue the operations of air carriers incapable of ensuring flight safety”.
Boeing and Aeroflot Russian Airlines have announced an order at the Paris Air Show for eight Boeing 777-300ERs (extended range) jetliners.
American aircraft manufacturer Boeing has signed a deal worth £2.4 billion to provide state-owned Russia Technologies with 50 737 aircraft. The deal is the latest in a string of orders for Boeing, which has also confirmed it will increase production of the 737 to 38 airplanes per month from early 2013.
BAE Systems announced today in Moscow that it will offer Russian airlines the Avro RJ85 regional jetliner as an immediate replacement for ageing aircraft operated on domestic and regional routes.
Russia’s troubled aviation market is poised for a radical overhaul after the government approved plans to merge six state-owned airlines into its flagship carrier Aeroflot. The green light from Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will boost Aeroflot’s share of the domestic market from 15 per cent to up to 35 per cent.
Russian oligarch Alexander Lebedev is to sell his stake in Aeroflot for $400m (£247m) in a bid to raise cash for other projects in aviation, agriculture and publishing. He was the state-controlled airline’s largest shareholder with 25.8 percent.
Aeroflot, the Russian flag carrier has revealed plans to cut 2,000 jobs, or 13 percent of its workforce, in the next half-year, after its profits dropped amid higher fuel prices.
Russian billionaire Alexander Lebedev has offered to sell his German charter airline Blue Wings AG to Aeroflot for €1 because it faces unspecified “financial difficulties”.The purchase will allow state-run Aeroflot, in which Lebedev owns a 29 percent stake to enter the European market, he said yesterday.