Aeroflot to lease three Airbus A321neo

Moscow, Russia - Russia’s national airline Aeroflot will include three Airbus A321neo in its fleet on a long-term lease next year in summer.

Aeroflot invites lessors to submit their proposals before July 10 for a 12-year contract term. The winner of the tender will be announced on July 17. According to the terms of the proposed deal, the first two jets should be delivered to the Russian flag carrier in August 2020, and the third one in September.

Currently, there is no A320neo family aircraft in the Aeroflot's fleet. S7 Airlines is the only airline to operate the A320neos (14 A320neo, four A321neo) in the Russian Federation.

Earlier this year, the Russian government approved the state-owned airline's request to acquire 74 narrowbody aircraft between 2019 and 2023 alongside 22 Airbus A350XWB.

No type specified for the narrowbody jets to be ordered, but Aeroflot will probably make its choice in favor of the A320neos due to ongoing safety issues with the Boeing's 737 MAXs after two fatal crashes.

The lease of the three A321neo jets also hints the airline's preference for the new single-aisle jet for its short and medium-haul fleet.

Aeroflot currently operates 120 A320ceo family jets against the 47 Boeing 737-800.