Published on May 17th, 2021 | by Alan Dwyer0
CDB Aviation Deliver Four Airbus’s to Aeroflot
CDB Aviation, the Irish subsidiary of the China Development Bank Financial Leasing Company has announced a deal to lease four new Airbus A320NEO aircraft to Russian airline Aeroflot. Aeroflot took delivery of the first aircraft, a new Airbus A.320neo, VP-BPR (c/n 10167) on May 14 at Airbus’ delivery centre in Toulouse, France. This aircraft had been built and had its first flight in October 2020 but stored for a period in Châteauroux from November until April when it returned to Toulouse for pre-delivery work. The remaining three deliveries include two additional A.320neos and one A.321neo, which will be received by the carrier later in May.
Commenting on the deal with Aeroflot, Peter Goodman, CDB Aviation Chief Commercial Officer, said “We are pleased to expand our strategic relationship between Aeroflot and CDB Aviation. These modern aircraft will deliver the right mix of operational efficiency and flexibility to support Aeroflot’s fleet optimisation as the carrier works towards its Strategy 2028 and seizes on opportunities in the Russian and international air transportation markets.”
Aeroflot is one of the worlds oldest airlines tracing its origins back to 1923. During the communist era, all aviation in Russia was controlled by Aeroflot and they operated a fleet of over 4,000 aircraft. During the 1990s the airline took delivery of their first western built aircraft, Airbus A.310’s and Boeing 767’s initially with DC-10’s arriving for cargo operations. The airline joined the SkyTeam alliance in 2006. Prior to the pandemic, the airline operated flights to 146 destinations in 52 countries carrying in excess of 60 million passengers.