Aeroflot subsidiaries to operate A320s, Superjet 100s

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SkyTeam member Aeroflot has unveiled plans to equip its six regional subsidiary operators with new Airbus A320s and Sukhoi Superjet 100s.

The carrier expects synergies of $250-330 million from bringing Rossiya Airlines, KMV Avia, Orenair, Vladivostok Avia, Saratov Airlines and Sakhalin Airways into its fold.

Speaking at a presentation in Vladivostok, general director Valery Savelyev said they would undergo rebranding and fleet renewal as part of being integrated under Aeroflot's wing.

He identified Airbus A320 family aircraft and Superjet 100s as aircraft types to modernise their fleets and bring them in line with those of Aeroflot.

Savelyev pointed out that A320s, which constitute the mainstay of Aeroflot capacity, could come into service in greater numbers with its subsidiaries, first of all on their international routes.

"We're also studying their requirements for Superjets as we see an obvious potential for operating these aircraft successfully by our regional subsidiaries," said Savelyev.