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AEROFLOT INTRODUCES STATE-OF-ART ILYUSHIN IL-96 JETLINER

 JFK AIRPORT, QUEENS, N.Y., May 6 /PRNewswire/ -- AEROFLOT Russian International Airlines celebrated the New York arrival today of its newest intercontinental jetliner, the four-engine wide-body IL-96-300, after, its nonstop maiden flight from Moscow to New York.
 The aircraft, which has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval for commercial flights into the United States, was brought to New York for preview by American government officials, the travel trade and international journalists. AEROFLOT plans to introduce the IL-96 on its Russia/United States route in the coming months.
 Designed and manufactured by the world renowned Ilyushin Company, the IL-96 offers fly-by-wire technology, impressive range and host of added passenger comforts. The plane is the next generation of the popular IL-86 jetliner which has been flying both domestically and internationally for almost a decade. The spacious IL-96 provides almost double the range of the IL-86, thanks to a lighter structure of new alloys and composites combined with aerodynamic improvements, including relaxed stability and the addition of winglets.
 On U.S. routes the aircraft will typically provide three classes of service -- First with 22 seats, Business with 40 and Economy with 173 for a total of 235 passengers. The IL-96 will span distances of over 9,000 km (5,400 miles), making twin-aisle nonstop service by AEROFLOT between any U.S. point and Russia a standard feature for the first time. Fully loaded, the IL-96 can carry 216 tons.
 Like other AEROFLOT aircraft, the seat pitch, or distance between seats, is over 34" allowing ample knee room even for the longest of legs. On board the IL-96, AEROFLOT passengers will enjoy soft indirect lighting, individually controlled air circulation, in-flight movies and stereo audio entertainment for the first time.
 The IL-96-300 has a fuel capacity of 152,620 liters and is powered by four Soloviev PS-90A turbofan engines which each develop 35,275 pounds of thrust. Cargo capacity allows for up to 16 LD3 type containers plus other freight in lower deck holds. The aircraft cruises at an altitude of 39,700 feet. The IL-96 continues the unique internal staircase design feature of the IL-86 which connects the main deck with the lower belly exit via the carry on baggage hold area. This facilitates loading and egress directly to the ramp in locations where no jetway is available and is also enjoyed as a major convenience for passengers electing to carry on their own baggage.
 The IL-96 joins the western-built Airbus 310 jetliner which was recently added to the AEROFLOT intercontinental fleet serving the company's Trans-Siberian routes between Europe, Russia and Asia.
 AEROFLOT is also developing a freighter version of the IL-96 as well as the IL-96M, a 375-passenger stretched version which will use western engines and avionics. A two engine version of the IL-96 is also under consideration by the Ilyushin Design Bureau.
 Aeroflot Russian International Airlines has a fleet of over 100 jet aircraft and serves more than 135 destinations around the globe. The company has been flying to the United States since the early 1970's and now serves six U.S. gateways: New York, Washington D.C., Miami, San Francisco, Chicago and Anchorage AK, with over 35 weekly flights.
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 /CONTACT: Susan Kelley of Kelley Swofford Noble, Inc., 305-444-0004, for Aeroflot Russian International Airlines/


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