Aeroflot agrees lease for replacement Superjets

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Russian carrier Aeroflot has approved a transaction covering the leasing of 10 new Sukhoi Superjet 100s, which will replace previous aircraft delivered in a lighter configuration.

Aeroflot says its board has cleared the transaction with VEB-Leasing. Introduction of the aircraft will begin this month and continue to April 2014.

Lease terms for the aircraft will span up to 144 months, says the carrier.

The Superjets will be delivered in the full configuration, the original specification sought by the Russian airline, while Sukhoi will take back the 10 simplified airframes currently in its fleet.

"This upcoming replacement aims to enhance significantly the effectiveness and comfort of the Aeroflot fleet," says the carrier.

"This is particularly important in view of the priority the company places on improvement of passenger services."

Aeroflot carried 17.6 million passengers during 2012, a rise of nearly 25% on the previous year.