Russian flag-carrier Aeroflot is putting its first Boeing 777-300ER into operation, a few days after being forced to postpone the debut over belated certification.
Aeroflot says it will deploy the twinjet "immediately" on its SU270 service between Moscow and Bangkok after Russian certification authorities gave the go-ahead on 4 February.
It had planned to start operating the 777-300ER on 1 February but Russia's Interstate Aviation Committee had not cleared the aircraft to fly, to the carrier's annoyance.
SkyTeam member Aeroflot has 16 of the type on order. It says it has configured the aircraft with three classes: business, economy and premium-economy.
"These new aircraft will allow Aeroflot to increase the quality and variety of service, with particular regard to passengers' preferences and financial freedom," says the airline.