The Aeroflot board approved February 15, 2007 a program to gradually replace the airline's Tu-134 planes with modern aircraft.
The last flight by a Tu-134 aircraft was performed on December 31 from Russia's western exclave of Kaliningrad to Moscow, Aeroflot said.
All 14 Tu-134 planes in the Aeroflot fleet will be replaced by new-generation aircraft, especially the promising Russian SuperJet-100 short-range plane, which has been developed by the Sukhoi design bureau and whose delivery is expected to begin in late 2008, and medium-range A319 and A320 airbuses, the Russian air carrier said.
The Tu-134 plane, which seats 76 passengers, came into serial production in 1967. It flies to distances of up to 3,000 kilometers (1,864 miles).
Founded in 1923, Aeroflot accounts for 51% of Russia's international air traffic and 12% of domestic flights.
Add to blog
You may place this material on your blog by copying the link.
Image Galleries: Yury Gagarin: A down-to-earth person
Infographics: The Linguistic Diversity of the Planet
The clash of Russian and Western interests has given rise to a geopolitical battle. German politicians are trying to leave all doors and windows open for dialogue with Russia. Moscow does acknowledge this, and Germany is probably the only country with which it is ready to discuss European security.