Aeroflot’s First Airbus A350 Cabin Review – Spacious With A Touch Of Class

Today, Aeroflot proudly received its first-ever A350 XWB from Airbus in Blagnac, Greater Toulouse. The jet was unveiled with an all-white livery, standing out from the other silver planes in its fleet. However, it’s not just its exterior that was shown off. There was plenty to admire in the cabin of the flag carrier of Russia’s new addition.

A350-900 Aeroflot Delivery
Aeroflot’s crew members were ecstatic about having a new widebody to fly the skies with. Photo: Airbus

First impressions 

Simple Flying had the honor of attending the delivery ceremony of the highly-anticipated long-haul plane. In what was an exciting event, we managed to get close to the features that the A350-900 has to offer. The warm lighting and mature tones of the decor instantly gave me a warm feeling when stepping into the business class after entering the aircraft.

Airbus A350 - Aeroflot Business Class
The omission of the middle baggage bin in the business class noticeably gives more space in the cabin, especially with the A350’s considerable height. Photo: Sumit Rehal / Simple Flying
Aeroflot Window Seat - A350
Business travelers situated by the window could be placed in one of two types of configuration. The seats at the front are right next to the cabin wall. Photo: Sumit Rehal / Simple Flying
Aeroflot A350 Drinks
The second configuration has the storage area next to the window. Here is an example of how drinks can be stored in the beverage compartment. There is also a mirror to help you look fresh before stepping off. Photo: Sumit Rehal / Simple Flying

Suite life

There are 28 private business class suites with full-flat beds and sliding doors. These are placed in a 1-2-1 configuration. Personally, my favorite spot was a suite next to the window but with the actual seat next to the aisle. However, there will no doubt be plenty of passengers preferring the suites that have the seats propped up against the window.

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Aeroflot Business Seat 1G
The middle business seats are boxed in a way to offer a feeling of intimacy. Photo: Sumit Rehal / Simple Flying
Aeroflot Business Seat 2G
The suites with sliding doors reminded me of my time in Qatar Airways’ Qsuite. Photo: Sumit Rehal / Simple Flying
Aeroflot Business Class Seat
There is another storage compartment next to the IFE screen in business class. The wood-like finish on the furnishings gives an extra touch of class. Photo: Sumit Rehal / Simple Flying
Aeroflot’s business class has a three-point harness to brace passengers in. Photo: Sumit Rehal / Simple Flying
Airbus Aeroflot A350 Business Seat
There is plenty of space to stretch your legs. With the option to slide the door shut, there will be several business class passengers managing to lay back and catch some sleep while in the air. Photo: Sumit Rehal / Simple Flying

Useful features

There are also several other aspects of the cabin that will also make it a delight to travel in – especially long-haul.

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Aeroflot A350 IFE
The Panasonic eX3 in-flight entertainment system and HD screen helps to bring the action to life. Photo: Sumit Rehal / Simple Flying
A350 Middle Seats
Passengers in the center seats can slide the middle partition to enable greater privacy. Photo: Sumit Rehal / Simple Flying
Aeroflot Business Windows
Three different levels of lighting offered by the A350’s electronic window shades. Photo: Sumit Rehal / Simple Flying
Aeroflot, Airbus A350, Interior
The kitchen area was full of champagne to celebrate the grand occasion. This will be a useful area to prepare beverages and snacking options once the plane is in service. Photo: Sumit Rehal / Simple Flying

Throughout the cabin

Behind the mini kitchen area, there are 24 premium economy seats in a 2-4-2 formation, which Aeroflot calls its Comfort Class.

Aeroflot A350 Premium Economy
The extra legroom shows why the carrier has gone with the name of Comfort Class. Photo: Sumit Rehal / Simple Flying
Aeroflot A350 Seats
The Collins Aerospace seats throughout the cabin provide consistent comfort, no matter what class you’re in. Additionally, the airline’s color scheme matches well with the calming yet classy ambiance of the aircraft. Photo: Sumit Rehal / Simple Flying
Aeroflot, Airbus A350, Cabin
The 264 economy class seats are staggered in a 3-3-3 formation. This gives an extra seat per row than the premium economy section. Photo: Sumit Rehal – Simple Flying
Aeroflot A350 Cockpit
All tooled up! The A350 is ready for its long-distance journeys, with a range of up to 15,000 km / 8,100 nm. Photo: Sumit Rehal / Simple Flying
Aeroflot A350 Cockpit Window
Aeroflot’s pilots will no doubt be looking forward to operating the newest member of the airline’s fleet. Photo: Sumit Rehal / Simple Flying

Ready for action

Altogether, Aeroflot has placed an order for a total of 22 A350-900s. It also holds 107 A320 family and 19 A330 family aircraft. The airline is in the company of 50 other firms who have placed orders for the widebody.

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Aeroflot A350 Tail
Registration VQ-BFY is ready to fly high. Photo: Sumit Rehal / Simple Flying

Aeroflot will fly the jets from Moscow to several international destinations including London, Dubai, New York, Miami, Osaka, and Beijing. Other Chinese destinations will eventually be on the cards, along with flights to Delhi.

Additionally, an Aeroflot spokesperson has shared that Singapore will be an added route for the aircraft from October. Passengers on these services are in store for some extra comfort on their long-haul trips!

What do you think of Aeroflot’s A350 XWB? Are you looking forward to trying out the brand new aircraft? Let us know what you think in the comment section.

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JReyes

Can’t wait to fly Aeroflot’s new plane.

MAK

It’s amazing how far Aeroflot has come from the Soviet-era & its Tu- s & Il-s – i’ve seen a photo of a TU-114 with chandelier type lights hanging from the ceiling in the ’60s!!! – the latest metamorphosis is most commendable Mr. Putin…….повезло тебе – povezlo tebe