Aeroflot Gets First Airbus Delivery

Aeroflot took delivery Wednesday of the first of 10 Airbus SAS A330-200s and vowed to keep pushing ahead with fleet expansion even as demand for travel weakens.

The carrier, which will operate 100 planes by the end of this month, plans to more than double its fleet by 2018 to compete with the world's top airlines, chief executive Valery Okulov said.

"We remain highly committed to our fleet renewal and expansion schedule and continue to build for Aeroflot's future with ongoing aircraft investments," he said.

"Our airline is certainly an exception to the rule in the current economic environment."

The carrier has placed orders for 129 planes, including 30 Sukhoi Aviation Holding Superjets for regional routes.

Earlier this year, Aeroflot signed a contract to lease five Airbus A321 planes from Dutch aviation company Aercap Holdings, the airline said.