S7 Airlines receives first Airbus A320neo

Russian carrier S7 – Siberia Airlines have received their first Airbus A320neo aircraft, on lease from Singaporean lessor BOC Aviation.

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VQ-BCF (previously registered F-WWBG) is seen her departing on a test flight ©Jujug Spotting

The brand new Airbus A320-271N(WL) has been registered VQ-BCF (MSN 7629). She was delivered directly from Airbus’ Toulouse Blagnac facility to Moscow Domodedovo Int’l Airport, the hub of S7. The aircraft also happens to be the first A320neo delivered to a Russian airline.

The Chairman of the board of S7 Airlines, Vladislav Filev, commented on the delivery:

“S7 Airlines is constantly renewing its fleet using the latest technology and innovations from the world’s leading manufacturers.  Airbus A320neo aircraft are more efficient in operation – fuel consumption is reduced and flying range is better – compared to the previous generation.

Very soon, passengers of S7 Airlines will be the first in Russia to experience the new level of comfort offered by these modern aircraft.”

The aircraft is fitted with 2x Pratt & Whitney PW1127G PurePower Geared Turbofans, which feature a large 12.5:1 engine bypass. The cabin is made up of a 164 seat, two class configuration, with 8 business class seats and 156 economy class seats.

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A Pratt & Whitney PW1127G PurePower Geared Turbofan ©Airbus

Robert Martin, Managing Director and CEO of BOC Aviation also gave a statement:

“This delivery is a milestone for us in many ways;  not only is this the first A320neo to be delivered to a Russian airline, but it is also the country’s first A320neo to be powered by Pratt & Whitney’s new engine technology.”

Chris Calio, President of Pratt & Whitney Commercial Engines added to this:

“As a growing airline and new customer to Pratt & Whitney, we are confident that S7 will appreciate the benefits that this state-of-the-art engine provides, especially in terms of fuel savings and emissions.

We also thank BOC Aviation for being the first to place one of many GTF-powered aircraft that S7 will be leasing.”

The aircraft is the first of 16 Airbus A320neo aircraft that S7 Airlines currently has on firm order. The PurePower engine family has engine orders, including options and unannounced orders, from more than 80 customers in 30 countries.

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