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Aeroflot is Russia’s state-owned national airline, and one of the oldest airlines in the world. Although Russia is not a super popular destination, it’s still on many travelers’ bucket lists for niche tourism or business reasons.

Flying to Russia can be a difficult task. From the visa requirements to planning a trip with multiple connections, there are a few areas of potential headache.

Honestly, Aeroflot doesn’t operate a cutting-edge business or economy class product — overall, their fleet is old (and their style is more old-fashioned than most other airlines). However, they do offer nonstop flights to Moscow, which can be beneficial if you want to minimize the amount of positioning and transiting you need to do.

In this guide, you’ll get an insider’s look on Aeroflot’s U.S. route network.

Table of contents

Seat Options by Aircraft TypeBest Points to Earn to Fly AeroflotAeroflot First Class OptionsAeroflot Business Class OptionsAeroflot A330-200 Business ClassAeroflot A330-300 Business ClassAeroflot Premium Economy Class OptionsAeroflot Economy Class OptionsAeroflot A330-200 Economy ClassAeroflot A330-300 Economy ClassFinal Thoughts

Table of Contents

Seat Options by Aircraft TypeBest Points to Earn to Fly AeroflotAeroflot First Class OptionsAeroflot Business Class OptionsAeroflot A330-200 Business ClassAeroflot A330-300 Business ClassAeroflot Premium Economy Class OptionsAeroflot Economy Class OptionsAeroflot A330-200 Economy ClassAeroflot A330-300 Economy ClassFinal ThoughtsSeat Options by Aircraft Type

Although Aeroflot is the flag carrier of Russia, you wouldn’t be able to tell by looking at their route network.

Though Aeroflot used to operate 777-300ERs on some of their flights, they have since rolled back to the smaller A330 aircraft. Check out our table below for the (admittedly) small network of nonstop flights you can take between Russia and the United States:

Aeroflot RouteFlight No.AircraftCabin ClassesFrequencyLos Angeles (LAX) – Moscow (SVO)SU 107A330-200Business, EconomyDailyMiami (MIA) – Moscow (SVO)SU 113A330-200Business, EconomyWeekly (Thursdays)New York City (JFK) – Moscow (SVO)SU 101/103A330-300Business, Economy2x dailyBest Points to Earn to Fly Aeroflot

Aeroflot is one of 19 SkyTeam alliance airlines — they’re actually one of the newer members, which you might not expect considering how established Aeroflot is.

To fly Aeroflot on an award ticket, you will want to earn points and miles such as Air France/KLM Flying Blue miles, Delta SkyMiles, or Korean Air SKYPASS miles.

Most of the time, using Korean Air SKYPASS is the cheapest, but miles are difficult to come by, since they only have 1 transfer partner: Marriott Bonvoy. Here are all your other options:

In this case, the best method of booking Aeroflot is through Air France/KLM Flying Blue due to the easy process, competitive redemption rates, and plentiful transfer partners.

Aeroflot First Class Options

Unfortunately, Aeroflot does not operate a long-haul first class cabin on their flights to/from the United States.

Aeroflot Business Class OptionsAeroflot’s business class in a 2-2-2 configuration on the A330. Image courtesy of aeroflot.ru.

Aeroflot’s business class is not industry-leading, but it offers a comfortable ride across the Atlantic. You can expect lots of legroom, angled-flat seats, decent meals, and a restful slumber on your nonstop flight to Russia.

Current, Aeroflot only operates the A330 family of aircraft on flights to the United States. They used to fly the larger 777-300ER, but they have since relocated these aircraft to more flagship routes. Moscow and the United States don’t exactly make for the busiest route network, which is the main reason the A330 is par for the course.

Our business class ranking is as follows:

A330-200A330-300Aeroflot A330-200 Business Class

Aeroflot’s A330-200 contains 34 angled-flat business class seats with a maximum of 166 degrees of recline. The seats are arranged in a 2-2-2 configuration and measure 26.7″ wide with a pitch of 60″ and estimated bed length of around 78″ total.

The seat map looks as follows:

Aeroflot A330-200 business class seat details. Image courtesy of seatguru.com.

As you can see, there are lavatories located at the front, port side as well as at the back, starboard side of this business class, which is split up into 2 separate mini-cabins. The best seats are located at 5D and 5G.

Since these seats are angled-flat, your footrest will not be located in a footwell, meaning your legroom is limited only by any obstructions in front of you. With 5D and 5G there’s nothing in front, so we choose these for the best legroom. If 5D and 5G are taken, you can also choose 6A and 6C for the most privacy.

You can find the A330-200 flown on these routes between the United States and Russia:

Los Angeles (LAX) – Moscow (SVO)Miami (MIA) – Moscow (SVO)Aeroflot A330-300 Business Class

Our second business class product from Aeroflot is the A330-300, which is simply the newer aircraft in the A330 family compared to the A330-200.

Business class on the A330-300 lags behind the A330-200 simply due to smaller seats and a lack of preferential seating options.

On the A330-300, you’ll find 28 business class angled-flat seats in a 2-2-2 configuration. Each of the seats is 26″ wide, 60.2″ in pitch, and 76.5″ in bed length. This makes the business class seats on the A330-300 nearly 1″ narrower and 1.5″ shorter than those on the A330-200.

Additionally, the business class seats are all together in 1 section as shown below:

Aeroflot A330-300 business class seat map. Image courtesy of seatguru.com.

The best business class seats will be located toward the back of this business class cabin, particularly in rows 4 or 5. Because the business class lavatories are located at the front port side of the aircraft, passengers will be walking forward to access them.

Travelers should position themselves as far from foot traffic as possible — meaning optimal seating is at the back in rows 4 or 5.

You’ll find the Aeroflot A330-300 flown on this route between the United States and Russia (twice daily service):

New York City (JFK) – Moscow (SVO)Aeroflot Premium Economy Class Options

Unfortunately, Aeroflot does not offer a premium economy option for their flights between Russia and the United States.

Aeroflot Economy Class OptionsAeroflot A330-200 economy. Image courtesy of airliners.net.

In the case of Aeroflot’s economy class options, there isn’t much separating the 2 products. We’ll be splitting hairs here, but we’ll make several suggestions for preferential economy class seats.

Considering these flights can range anywhere from 10-12 hours, it’s crucial to pick out the best seats to make your inflight experience as pleasurable as possible.

Our ranking is as follows:

A330-200A330-300Aeroflot A330-200 Economy Class

Economy class on the A330-200 consists of 207 seats arranged in a 2-4-2 configuration as shown below:

Aeroflot A330-200 economy class seat map. Image courtesy of seatguru.com.

The most important aspect of an economy class seat is its size. With an 18″ width and 31″ pitch, these seats are wider but closer together than average.

In an economy cabin, the best seats are always going to be the exit row seats. Note that row 11 is not an exit row seat — it’s a bulkhead seat with a wall section in front, which will restrict your leg movement. The best seats are in row 24: seats 24C and 24H are going to be the best choices here, since they are situated in the exit row without the same door protrusion as 24A and 24K.

Unfortunately, there are 4 lavatories located right in front of row 24, which may be troublesome. An extra fee is required to reserve these exit row seats, but it may be worthwhile if you need the legroom.

You will be able to find this exact economy class seat plan on the following nonstop routes between the United States and Russia:

Miami (MIA) – Moscow (SVO)Los Angeles (LAX) – Moscow (SVO)Aeroflot A330-300 Economy Class

Our last economy cabin on Aeroflot to/from the United States is the A330-300. This aircraft has a larger economy section, with 268 seats compared to 207 on the A330-200. The seats are the same width as the A330-200, but the pitch can vary from 30″-32″.

With a similar 2-4-2 arrangement, the seat map looks like this:

Aeroflot A330-300 economy class seat map. Image courtesy of seatguru.com.

As you can see, this economy class cabin contains many more seats. The most preferential seats are located at 30C, 30H, and row 29 due to the exit row. This will provide additional legroom, though the proximity to the lavatories may be bothersome to some travelers.

If you’re a solo traveler, we’d recommend snatching 30C or 30H. If you’re traveling with a companion, you might be best served reserving 2 seats next to each other in row 29.

Find this exact A330-300 economy section layout on this route:

New York City (JFK) – Moscow (SVO)Final Thoughts

Aeroflot is an airline that has flown under the radar for most travelers. If you’re contemplating traveling to Russia, it may be worth considering flying Aeroflot nonstop from one of the 3 cities listed in the route chart.

Overall, Aeroflot doesn’t have very many business class products to choose from, though there are a couple preferential seats in both business and economy class. Now, you’ll have all the information you need to plan your flights to Russia on Aeroflot.

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