Aeroflot has placed the Airbus A350 onto its London flight schedule from June 2020. Aeroflot has placed an order for 14 of the Airbus A350-900 and is expecting to receive its first model early next year.
The Airbus A350 has captured our imaginations this year. Many airlines received their first aircraft of the type in 2019, including the high profile deliveries of British Airways and Virgin Atlantic. However, these firsts are set to continue into 2020 with airlines such as Turkish Airlines and Aeroflot also expecting the aircraft.
Recently Turkish Airlines’ first Airbus A350 was spotted on the ramp in Toulouse. Now we now know that Aeroflot will fly the A350 to London, as per their booking engine.
The Airbus A350 schedule
Aeroflot operates a number of daily flights to London Heathrow. This is currently completed by both the Airbus A320 family, and an A330 flight. However, from the 1st of June 2020, the daily Airbus A330 flight will be replaced by the Airbus A350-900 as first spotted by Routesonline.
According to Aeroflot, the aircraft will operate to the following schedule:
- SU2578 will depart from Moscow (SVO) at 10:00. Following a 4-hour 5-minute flight, the Airbus A350-900 will touch down in London (LHR) at 12:05.
- The aircraft will then spend 1-hour and 20-minutes on the ground at London Heathrow.
- SU2579 will depart from London Heathrow at 13:25. Following a slightly shorter flight time of 3-hours and 45-minutes, the aircraft will land back in Moscow at 19:10.
As a result, the aircraft’s entire rotation is scheduled to take just over nine hours from Moscow to the United Kingdom and back to Moscow.
The Aeroflot press office confirmed the aircraft’s schedule to Simple Flying, commenting:
“We can confirm that we plan to operate the latest A350 aircraft on flights between Moscow and London starting from June next year. London is a key destination for Aeroflot in Europe, with consistently high demand, and we operate up to seven flights a day from Sheremetyevo to Heathrow. We have historically operated widebodies including the A330 on this route for the most popular flights.”
What to expect from Aeroflot’s A350
Once it enters into service, it looks as though the Airbus A350 will offer a stunning service. Internal renderings of what the cabin could look like were leaked online, however, Aeroflot told Simple Flying that the images originated from outside the airline. Aeroflot is still to officially announce the cabin, and as such, it is subject to change.
However, the aircraft is a huge jump from the A320 services also serving Heathrow. It is likely to have a three-cabin interior with lie-flat beds in business class, and a premium economy cabin. The wide body of the aircraft will also mean that the flight will likely be much more comfortable, even in economy. Indeed, given the choice, I’d pick the Airbus A350 over the Airbus A320 any day of the week.
Do you think the Airbus A350 will represent a huge upgrade for the Moscow to London flight? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!