...and that is the not-so-hot reputation of Ilyushin and Tupolev among travellers from Europe and North America. I'm not talking about experts such as the guys in the aviation industry (and on this Forum, not to be forgotten *ggg*), but instead your average John Doe flying, who is buying most of the tickets and therefore the one to decide which aircraft he is ready to fly and which ones not. The first group consists mainly of A and B and a few companies building smaller shorthaul aircraft. The second group consists of all other companies, such as the Russians and whoever else.
Now don't flame me for saying that, it's just a fact and carriers have to live with it. Surely a carrier like LH could get a megadeal on Russian aircraft and probably they could even solve probs concerning maintenance, spare parts etc., but LH would nevertheless suffer from a harsh decline in passenger numbers.
And as Aeroflot is definitely trying to get people from Europe and maybe even Americans to fill their aircraft, they have to get Western aircraft. It's as simple as that!
I know it's only VfB but I like it!