It is only fitting that Aeroflot keeps the B777. It serves them very well in a great many ways.
1. It is arguably the most advance, and in some ways most cost effective airliner in the World. Sorry Airbus fans, I'm not trying to start anything here - but Airbus really has nothing to match it.
2. It is the current flagship of global international service, and as that a status symbol.
3. The Boeing 777, in effect, places Aeroflot in the class of premium carriers. With all but a few exceptions, LH
being the most notable, any airline that does NOT operate the B777 is for all intents and purposes second rate. Not to say that they are bad or have horrid service - they are not seen to be the equal (in the public's eye) to those that do.
4. Respectability in the West. This leads perhaps to greater profits as more Western business people, and leisure travelers may consider Aeroflot to Russia over a Western carrier.
That's all just my opinion. Would I fly Aeroflot? Hmmmm, I really don't know. I have heard all the horror stories and things. But if I get to fly on a B777, that certainly helps.
[Edited 2004-07-09 02:14:53]