The new Aeroflot business class has been revealed. Aeroflot’s Airbus A350’s will feature new business class suites with doors. Aeroflot is a partner of Delta, and member of SkyTeam. Henrik Olsen has the scoop at InsideFlyer.dk.
Aeroflot has 22 Airbus A350s on order, and Olsen exclusively obtained photos from Aeroflot of their new inflight product rolling out on these aircraft which he offered to share. Eight A350s will be delivered in 2020.
The aircraft is expected to begin service between Moscow nd:
- New York JFK effective March 29, 2020
- Beijing effective May 1, 2020
- Seoul effective June 1, 2020
- Miami effective June 2, 2020
A Look At The Aeroflot New Business Class Suites
Business class suites will roll out next year as Aeroflot takes delivery of their first A350s. Seating configuration is 1-2-1, instead of current Aeroflot standard 2-2-2 using the same seat that United is replacing with Polaris.
These look to me like Thompson Vantage XL seats, similar to what Delta uses, though I’m awaiting confirmation.
Here’s the snack bar in the cabin.
New Aeroflot Premium Economy and Economy Cabins
Premium economy seating on the A350s will be 2-4-2. I’m not a fan of a four seat middle section for the cabin though this is common on the Airbus, which has a wider fuselage than a Boeing 787.
Economy meanwhile will be 3-3-3, and since that’s common on the 787 this offers a more comfortable experience in coach compared to 787 operators (or Boeing 777 operators cramming in 10-across).
Redeeming Awards For The New Aeroflot Business Class Suite
It’s been several years since I’ve written about how I generally have great luck redeeming SkyTeam miles for travel on Aeroflot.
American Express Membership Rewards points transfer to both Delta and to Air France KLM Flying Blue. Delta doesn’t add fuel surcharges when itineraries originate in the U.S. however I haven’t bothered trying to redeem SkyMiles for Aeroflot in a year.
All of the other bank transferable currencies will let you move points to Air France KLM as well. The Delta, Air France, and even Alitalia websites support searching for Aeroflot award space. Business class awards book into O, Premium Economy books into F, and Economy books into X.
Bear in mind when searching for awards that Aeroflot runs 3 daily New York JFK – Moscow flights, and it’s only SU122/SU123 that will be operated by an A350 to start.
Aeroflot Has Come A Long Way
A year ago I wrote about Aeroflot revoking elite status from customers (and journalists) who criticize the Russian flag carrier. Aeroflot has been a long time organ of the government, at one point over 20% of the airline’s employees were believed to be doubling as spies.
The product though has become absolutely first world. And indeed introducing suites with doors put Aeroflot only behind ANA and Qatar Airways and perhaps British Airways (by a hair) in terms of offering a strong business seat.
Aeroflot ad from 1970