Aeroflot to phase out two widebody types this year

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Russian carrier Aeroflot is to phase out two widebody models – the Ilyushin Il-96-300 and the Boeing 767-300ER – by the end of 2014.

In the final quarter of 2013, the SkyTeam airline's board has endorsed a proposal to cease operating the Il-96 type. Three of the aircraft have already been retired, an Aeroflot fleet document indicates.

The remaining three six Il-96s are due to exit commercial service by April, says the carrier.

Last month, Aeroflot retired the first two of five 767-300ERs, and it plans to withdraw the other three this year.

Aeroflot’s fleet document also lists two Airbus A319s and two A320s for retirement this year as leases expire.

The airline's delivery schedule for this year includes six new Boeing 777-300ERs, 13 additional Airbus A320s and five Boeing 737-800s. Aeroflot will also take eight new Sukhoi Superjet 100s to be operated by subsidiaries.

In line with its existing contracts, the carrier expects to receive 27 new aircraft in 2015. These comprise three 777-300ERs, 12 737-800s and 12 SSJs. Four Airbus A319s are set to leave the fleet in 2015.

Plans for 2016 includes retirement of four A320s and three A321s, while another 27 new aircraft are to be delivered. Aeroflot will take its final three 777-300ERs and its first two 787-8s, plus another five A320s, two A321s and 15 737-800s.