PHOTOS: Aeroflot’s A330 cabin a big step up

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UPDATE: Apparently this interior debuted a year ago. However, it has only just been introduced on North American flights. Boooooo. Still nice, though.

SkyTeam alliance member Aeroflot has cranked up the in-flight entertainment (IFE) factor on flights to North America by offering Panasonic Avionics’ seat-back eX2 system at each and every seat of its new Airbus A330-200s.

The carrier, which placed the first of 10 A330-200s into preliminary service on a local route in December 2008, is getting vocal about the product as it is now being introduced between New York JFK and Moscow Sheremetyevo.

The A330-200 boasts 34 business class and 207 economy class seats. The IFE on board allows passengers to select “multichannel video/audio programs: the world’s latest films and Russian films; international and Russian music videos; popular animation movies; musical albums by various performers; audio books; and interactive video games”, says an Aeroflot spokeswoman.

What an improvement over the Boeing 767 in-flight offering!

Check out the new business class product. Where’s the shag carpet :)

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Aeroflot, meanwhile, is preparing for thegrand opening of its new Terminal D at SVO in February.

“Terminal D will become Russia’s main air hub at the Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow and will be home to most of Aeroflot’s domestic and international flights, as well as flights by SkyTeam members and partner carriers,” says the airline.

“Terminal D will be the most modern and hi-tech facility at the Sheremetyevo airport and will handle up to 12 million passengers a year, nearly doubling the throughput capacity of the airport. The Terminal will also serve as an architectural masterpiece, displaying digital copies of famous paintings from the State Russian Museum and the National Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts.”

And doesn’t this look nice?!

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8 Responses to PHOTOS: Aeroflot’s A330 cabin a big step up

  1. Shashank Nigam January 8, 2010 at 12:59 pm #

    Seems out of the world, and almost unbelievable, given their current offerings and the dungeon-like SVO airport! I’ll never forget my time in Moscow =x

    Is this the result of Aeroflot folks spending time with Singapore Airlines? Or domestic competition from S7 doing the tricks? I wonder…. http://bit.ly/6QOSQM

  2. Bob January 8, 2010 at 2:13 pm #

    Where’s the seatback vodka dispenser?

  3. RossiyaSU January 8, 2010 at 2:26 pm #

    Have I walked back in time, Aeroflot use these A330 since more than one year?

  4. Mary Kirby January 8, 2010 at 2:40 pm #

    Egads, you’re absolutely right. I was given the impression that this was new. I’ve updated the blog. Thanks so much for the heads up. I could have had “revealed” sitting up there all weekend!!!

  5. Uwe January 8, 2010 at 3:43 pm #

    Sheremetyevo looked like reasonably new construction
    in 1972 with a modern and open look.
    And with very friendly female immigration/customs staff ;-)
    And definitely a more friendly place than Berlin
    Schönefeld at the time.

  6. Auduboner January 8, 2010 at 11:47 pm #

    Too bad all the nice seatback stuff has to be turned off when flying into US… unless that has changed?

  7. Mary Kirby January 9, 2010 at 10:05 am #

    Most of the provisions impacting in-flight entertainment and connectivity have been dropped. Check out the following link for more: http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/runway-girl/2009/12/tsa-directive-begs-serious-que.html

  8. Ahmed Sultan, ITC January 10, 2010 at 8:17 am #

    Being a Muscovite myself, I can not favor one of my airport-sons over the other two. They are equally doing well considering their respective ages and qualifications.
    The point is that they are competing with each other to attract more air traffic. Considering the zero-sum game, the ultimate effect on Mother Russia will be almost the same unless there will be a significant increase in transit traffic.