Aeroflot to Launch Direct Moscow-Mauritius Flights

An Aeroflot Boeing 777 on the tarmac.
Sergey Kustov, CC BY-SA 3.0 GFDL, via Wikimedia Commons

It has been revealed that Aeroflot will launch direct services between Moscow Sheremetyevo and Mauritius days before Christmas 2023.

The airline will be launching services on a twice-weekly basis from December 23, which will operate on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Without further ado, let’s get into it…

Aeroflot to Launch Direct Moscow-Mauritius Flights…

Aeroflot to Launch Direct Moscow-Mauritius Flights
Anna Zvereva from Tallinn, Estonia, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons


The Boeing 777-300ER will be used for these flights. The last time that Aeroflot operated to Mauritius from Moscow was when they operated the Ilyushin IL-62M in the mid-1990s.

For the Russian carrier, the 777-300ER being used for this service is significant. Why?

Earlier this month, they settled an insurance settlement with AerCap for aircraft that had been stolen as sanctions began to hit Russia due to the war in Ukraine.

The Russian carrier also said this week that they would continue to seek such settlements so then they can place more aircraft on the domestic register, meaning that their jets wouldn’t be seized due to sanctions.

Ultimately, this means that the aircraft owned by Western lessors will be placed under the control of Insurance Company NSK, which will enable Russian ownership.

It also means that the aircraft will be able to be re-registered from the Bermuda registration of VQ to the Russian registration of RA.

Commenting on these settlements for foreign aircraft & insurance claims was Aeroflot CEO Sergei Aleksandrovsky:

“As part of the settlement, 300 billion rubles will be allocated from the NWF for all [Russian] airlines, but with the condition that airlines will also use their net profit for the settlement.”

“Airline Pobeda earned a net profit of 15 billion rubles [in 2022] that will be completely directed toward the insurance settlement on the group’s planes.”

“In the process of the insurance settlement, we are securing significantly better terms than the ones we had. For us this is an effective endeavour.”

“We have so far concluded a settlement on 18 planes and five engines with AerCap.”

“We are now holding negotiations on another 17 planes and by the end of the year we plan to complete the process on 61 aircraft”.

All eyes will be on the Russian carrier to see whether they can get all of those aircraft under Russian control, and it does seem to be working, especially with the international flights announced in recent weeks.

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