Moscow - The Russian flag carrier Aeroflot has taken delivery of two new Russian-made SSJ100 increasing the number of passenger aircraft of this type to 47 in the fleet.

The first of two SSJ100 registered RA-89114 is baptized in honor of the former Soviet hero and the test pilot Valery Pavlovich Chkalov (1904-1938). He participated in several ultra-long flights in 1936 and 1937, which were remarkable achievements for the development of Russian aviation.

On June 18-20, a Tupolev ANT-25 in Chkalov's command reached to Vancouver, Washington via the North Pole after a 63-hour flight (8,811 kilometers / 5,475 miles) from Moscow.

The second SSJ100 registered RA-89109 is named in honor of the legendary war artist Vasily Vasilyevich Vereshchagin (1842-1904). He was known by picturing the war scenes with the realistic graphics. His paintings were stunningly linked with the heroism of Russian soldiers at the battle zones.

The Aeroflot's SSJ100s are configured to accommodate 12 passengers in business class and 75 passengers in economy class. The new SSJ100s will commence flying on the routes of Aeroflot's network in the coming weeks.

Being the biggest supporter of the Russian civil aviation industry with its orders, Aeroflot is the largest operator of SSJ100s in the world. The operator will soon expand its SSJ100 fleet with a further three new acquirement.