Aeroflot orders Boeing 777s to broaden global reach

777-300ER

What connects France’s capital of Paris with the southern Russia resort town of Sochi? 

Aeroflot, Russia’s largest airline, hopes to connect not only Paris, but a number of cities across the world, with Sochi by 2014, when the city near the Caucasian mountains hosts the Winter Olympics.

Today during the Paris Air Show, Aeroflot ordered eight Boeing 777-300ERs to help it achieve that goal. With its range of 14,500 kilometers (9,000 miles), the 777-300ER could bring fans and teams from all over to the Sochi Olympics and, in 2018, the FIFA World Cup that Russia is hosting.

"These Boeing 777 airplanes will strengthen our network strategy, particularly the international growth opportunities we expect from our joint businesses with SkyTeam partners when servicing the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games and the 2018 World Cup," said Vitaly Saveliev, general director of Aeroflot Russian Airlines.

"These Boeing 777 airplanes will strengthen our network strategy, particularly the international growth opportunities we expect from our joint businesses with SkyTeam partners when servicing the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games and the 2018 World Cup," said Vitaly Saveliev, general director of Aeroflot Russian Airlines.

Today’s order is in addition to a March order for eight 777s that Aeroflot placed. The airline has also ordered Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner plane.

The 777 is well known in Russia. Engineers at the Moscow Boeing Design Center and IT experts from Russian software companies helped design the 777-300ER and VSMPO, a subsidiary of the State Corporation “Russian Technologies”, manufactures large titanium forgings for 777 landing gear, wings and pylons.

The 777 is the world's most successful twin-engine, long-haul airplane, distinguished by its fuel-efficiency, spacious cabin interior, range capability, and its reliability. Featuring wider seats, wider aisles, more headroom and more seating, the Boeing 777 Signature Interior is preferred by passengers from around the world.