Aeroflot puts patriotism ahead of profits with Russian-built planes
You have to 'mind your head' as you enter Aeroflot’s newest home-made passenger jet.
However, as the state-owned flier brings Russian manufactured airplanes back into its fleet, small entrance frames are the least of the challenges it faces. As sanctions over Ukraine begin to bite on one hand, and in an attempt to prop up homegrown companies on the other, the Russian administration is leaning on its national airline to purchase new Superjets by Sukhoi, better known for building bomber and fighter planes. The New York Times reports that Aeroflot is only falling into line with hundreds of companies being asked to put patriotism ahead of profits in these tough economic times within the country.
Aeroflot has been the jewel in the Russian crown with its flying standards thanks to the comfort and space of its 118 Airbuses and 25 Boeings. It now has added 21 Sukhoi Superjets to its fleet with another 29 Superjets on order. This move has not gone down well as the chubby jet is far down the preference list of many of its passengers. One customer described it as “an idiotic plane” on the Aeroflot website after experiencing it first hand. The passenger added that in the future, all routes with that plane was “off limits.”
The airline, as well as being stuck with buying home-made planes, has also suffered in the political fallout over Ukraine with flights to Odesa and Kiev grounded. Instead it is being forced by the authorities to fly to unprofitable areas in far away Siberian cities.