Russian flag carrier and SkyTeam alliance member Aeroflot has received its first A350-900 aircraft from Airbus.

Following the delivery, Aeroflot has become the launch operator of the latest-generation wide-body aircraft in eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

With a total of 22 A350-900 aircraft on order, Aeroflot operates an Airbus fleet of 126 planes, which include 107 A320 family and 19 A330 family aircraft.

As the cornerstone member of Airbus’ all-new A350 XWB family, the A350-900 features a new livery and a brand new cabin design to offer passenger comfort.

It also has a spacious three-class cabin layout with 316 seats that include 28 private Business Class suites with full-flat seats, 24 Comfort Class and 264 Economy Class.

Additionally, the aircraft is equipped with the latest-generation Panasonic eX3 in-flight entertainment system, HD screens and Wi-Fi connectivity to provide an improved experience for all long-haul passengers.

The A350-900 will be operated by Aeroflot from Moscow to destinations such as London, Dubai, New York, Miami, Osaka and Beijing.

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The A350 XWB offers design operational flexibility and efficiency for all market segments, including ultra-long-haul.

The aircraft also features an aerodynamic design, a carbon fibre fuselage and wings, and new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines.

These latest technologies are collectively expected to result in a 25% reduction in operating costs, fuel burn and CO2 emissions.

Airbus noted that the A350 XWB family had received 935 firm orders from 50 customers worldwide, at the end of January.