it was reported last week, initially on the 23rd but it wasn't until about the 27th of March that Reuters reported it.
This is very good news for SU
as it affirms their commitment to further Airbus narrowbodies. I agree, it is a shame about the TU
|Quoting Bohlman (Reply 1):|
Russian airline Aeroflot plans to buy 30 to 35 Airbus A-320s between 2008 and 2015
That's like saying "Aeroflot plans to buy aircraft in the next 9 years. Maybe it's worded wrong, but regardless, more good news for the A320, if it materializes. Forgive me if I'm skeptical of any announcement of any plans from Aeroflot,
Yes, but only last year they commited to firm Order and Leasing contracts for 14 NB
Airbus frames IIRC. If they feel they need to replace the TU
-154 and Airbus is their chosen supplier I feel they are talking about the retirement and replacement delivery schedule, which may not yet be finalised, before making an announcement. In my opinion the report appears to be credible.
|Quoting Tigerotor77W (Reply 4):|
Is this an order that's going to materialize, or are we going to have to wait for the official "It's been ordered" announcement
To be fair, at this point in time, it's a report about their intention
to buy up to a certain amount of frames over a certain time period. No order or even LoI has reportedly been placed. So I'd err on the side of caution and say that we may have to wait sometime before an actual LoI or Order is placed.
What I find most interesting though is the following;
The A-320s will replace Tupolev Tu-154Ms. It was not clear whether they would be new or second-hand.
That they are considering buying used frames, to me, indicates that a public announcement as to the actual breakdown of the order between new build and any used frames may mean we have to wait sometime for further details.
With this in the works for Airbus and Boeing's recent sale of 6 MD
-11Fs, one thing is for sure, the A350 / B787 decision will be most interesting. Assuming it isn't delayed again
Just my $.02