The aircraft has been named in honour of Alexander Stoletov, one of the founders of quantum physics.
Sharklets are the new enhanced wing-tips for the A320 family that improve aerodynamics and reduce operating costs. The main advantage of their use is a reduction of fuel consumption (up to 4 per cent, according to Airbus), an increased range and improved takeoff performance. In addition, operating such aircraft reduces the level of harmful CO2 and NOx emissions. Sharklets are made of composite materials; they are 2.4 m high and their shape resembles shark fins.
All A320 aircraft are delivered to Aeroflot directly from the manufacturer. Aircraft are equipped with CFM56 engines and can accommodate 158 passengers in a spacious two-class configuration (8 seats in business and 150 in economy). These aircraft provide services mainly on European and domestic routes. Aeroflot is one of the world’s leading airlines in terms of operational reliability and actual hours flown per A320 aircraft.
A320 airplanes satisfy the highest reliability, safety and comfort standards and are considered one of the best for mid-range flights.
Today Aeroflot’s fleet includes ninety-one A319/320/321 family aircraft with an average age of five years.