Aeroflot’s first Airbus A350 has been spotted fully painted in Toulouse. Rather than the usual metal grey that adorns the fleet, the A350 has a stunning white livery applied to it. The aircraft is due to be delivered to the Russian flag carrier later this year.
The Airbus A350 is fast becoming a major player in the widebody aircraft market. Last year a number of carriers received their first of the type, including British airlines British Airways and Virgin Atlantic. However, soon Aeroflot is set to join the line-up with its very own A350-900 being prepared for testing and delivery.
Aeroflot’s first Airbus A350 emerged from the paint shop wearing a stunning white livery earlier today. The aircraft, when delivered, will be registered as VQ-BFY according to AIB Family. However, it has already been given its name. Photos of the aircraft captured in Toulouse show it has been named P.Tchaikovsky after the Russian composer.
For me, the most important part of any Airbus A350 is the wingtips. There’s something captivating about the gentle curves, and airlines have recognized this. On British Airways, we saw the carrier adopting painted wingtips on the A350 with a stunning design.
The Aeroflot wingtips are no different. On the outside, they are decorated with a smaller version of the aircraft’s tail pattern. However, on the inside, Aeroflot appears to have gone for a vibrant orange fill. This will certainly stand out in the many wingtip phots that will surely be taken from the windows.
What to expect from Aeroflot’s new aircraft?
So, what should you expect from Aeroflot’s new Airbus A350? Well, we’re still waiting for the airline to confirm exactly what the interior will look like. Some potential CGI shots of the interior were leaked. However, Aeroflot was unable to confirm when approached by Simple Flying, adding that the finalized design is yet to be released.
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According to One Mile At A Time the Airbus Will debut on the carrier’s Moscow to New York route towards the end of March. Following this, the aircraft will be China-bound, with Beijing on the route network from the 1st of May.
Then, next summer the airline will fly its first European route with the aircraft. The Airbus A350 will replace the A330 on the Russian carrier’s London route. This will go into force from the 1st of June 2020.
At the time the London route first appeared in the schedules, an airline spokesperson told Simple Flying,
“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.”
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