Russia's Aeroflot to buy eight Boeing jets: company

9th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

Russia's Aeroflot on Wednesday agreed to buy eight Boeing 777 jets, with an option to purchase eight more aircraft, during a visit to Moscow by US Vice President Joe Biden.

The catalogue price of each plane is $250 million but Aeroflot received a 20 percent discount for the deal, a source close to the negotiations told AFP on condition of anonymity.

The two companies did not officially disclose financial details of the agreement.

Aeroflot said in a statement that the deal covers six B777-300ER planes and two B777-200ER.

"We intend to use these planes together with the SkyTeam alliance to service international destinations during the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi and the 2018 World Cup," Aeroflot said.

Biden was due later Wednesday to hold talks with President Dmitry Medvedev and have a separate meeting Thursday with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

© 2011 AFP

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