Aeroflot migrates most A350s to larger -900

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Russian flag-carrier Aeroflot is to migrate most of its Airbus A350 order to the larger -900, the latest carrier to move away from the -800 shrink variant.

Aeroflot had already indicated that it was set to change the terms of its order for 22 A350s, which comprised 18 of the smaller -800.

Shareholders have formally approved a change to the order, switching 10 of the -800s to the -900 and delaying the deliveries to 2018-23.

The change means Aeroflot will be taking 14 A350-900s and eight -800s.

Aeroflot’s adjustment will further cut the overall -800 backlog to 79 aircraft. But despite similar defection by several former -800 customers, Airbus insists it will produce the type.

“As long as they show interest, the aircraft will be done,” said Airbus head of product marketing Sophie Pendaries, during a briefing in Toulouse on 21 October.

“If the market is here, we will do it. Today the market is here.”

Aeroflot’s shareholders have also approved operating leases on 50 Boeing 737-800s and -900ERs for which deliveries are set to run from September 2013 to October 2017.