Aeroflot 737 Business Class In 10 Pictures

As I wrote about yesterday, my Aeroflot flight from Los Angeles to Moscow was such a pleasant surprise. The flight attendants were friendly and the food was delicious. I came in with very low expectations, and left with a very favorable impression.

From there it was time to connect from Moscow to Belgrade, a 2hr30min flight operated by one of Aeroflot’s 737s.

Let me start by saying that generally intra-Europe business class is my least favorite premium cabin product in the world. On airlines like Air France, British Airways, Lufthansa, etc., business class within Europe is simply an economy seat with a blocked middle seat and better food and service.

To me the most important thing about a premium cabin experience is personal space, and that’s non-existent in those seats.

Well, Aeroflot is one of the few airlines to offer a real business class product on intra-Europe flights. Their 737s have 20 business class seats, spread across five rows in a 2-2 configuration. I’d say legroom is on par with what you’d find in domestic first class in the US, and there’s even a footrest, which you won’t find on US airlines.

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This was a brand new 737, so it had the Boeing sky interior with big overhead bins, mood lighting, etc.

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These planes even had seatback on demand entertainment, which you won’t typically find in intra-Europe business class either. That wasn’t the end of the “small touches” you typically don’t otherwise find on intra-Europe flights.

There were pillows and blankets…

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There were printed menus…

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There were pre-departure beverages of choice (most European airlines don’t have pre-departure beverages at all)…

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The meal was also served in three courses. There were drinks and warm mixed nuts to start.

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Then there was a delicious appetizer of shrimp and salmon tartare, and even pretzel bread.

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For the main course I had some very tasty cod.

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Then for dessert they served vanilla ice cream with mango sauce, as well as chocolate.

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Service throughout the flight was friendly and attentive.

You also really can’t overstate how incredibly stylish Aeroflot’s flight attendants are. Sure, the female flight attendants are very attractive, but that’s not what I’m commenting on. Instead, between their hats, the gloves they wear during boarding, the pristine condition of their uniforms, etc., they could rival Emirates or Etihad in terms of how well put together they look.

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Once again Aeroflot really impressed me, as they offer among the best intra-Europe business class products. The only other airlines I know of to offer “real” business class products within Europe are Air Serbia and Turkish, and it really does make a big difference. After you get off a long redeye it’s nice to have a legitimate business class seat, rather than the usual economy seat with a blocked middle that you get on most other airlines.

Seriously folks, Aeroflot is a hidden gem. I know this almost sounds like a paid advertisement (for the avoidance of doubt, I know no one at the airline), but I was just so impressed. I had low expectations, and in the end found an airline with among the best service and catering of any European airline. I’d highly recommend them, especially if you’re connecting within Europe, since you’ll get one of the best intra-Europe business class products there is.

Comments

  1. Would I be crazy to burn some SkyPesos and take Aeroflot home to California from London?

    Weird connection in Moscow, but whatever…

    Would be a way different experience than Virgin Atlantic

  2. Tarom (Skyteam), S7 Airlines (Oneworld) and Belavia also offer real business class. Belavia also allows connections, so even though they only fly intra-European flights, a review would still be fun to read 🙂

  3. Bulgaria air also has Business class seats that are different from economy (in 2-2 configuration )..
    However a friend of mine flew with them from Sofia to Portugal recently and said that the plane had the same seats in C and Y..
    Sofia is a nice city though .. Very eastern-european.. But it has its charm 🙂

  4. But how was the connecting experience at SVO? That is probably the #1 thing that has always kept me from booking the various random SU award itineraries that often show up on Delta.com.

  5. @ Bgriff — It could have been more glamorous, for sure, but was super easy in terms of logistics. Certainly no worse than connecting at any other SkyTeam hub in Europe.

  6. Why do airlines insist in serving nuts, when there are so many people allergic to it and dreads boarding a plane because they are afraid of an allergic reaction.

    A fellow passenger on an European flight had a strong allergic attack and it was very scary for everyone to witness.

    There are so many alternatives to nuts, so why serving it?

  7. Thanks for this review. I knew you would like Aeroflo’s domestic and intra-Europe Business class.
    But even in Economy you get great service. Hot meals are served on all flights of at least 2h. This includes salad or appetizer, choice of main course and a chocolate bar or something like that. On flights under 2h you still get a very generous and tasty sandwich with drinks. Blanket at every seat (otherwise just have to ask) and 31/32 inches of legroom (considering that the norm in Europe is 29/30).

    PEOPLE, PLEASE DON’T WORRY ABOUT CONNECTING IN SVO. IT’S PERFECTLY FINE!!! IT’S OK!
    Thousands of passengers connect through SVO every day so everything is well organized.

    BUY A TICKET ON AEROFLOT AND FLY!
    DON’T LISTEN TO STUPID STEREOTYPES!

  8. I took a flight on Aeroflot’s subsidiary, Aurora recently. The service on business from ICN to UUS was fantastic. Granted, I had low expectations… And while some FAs couldn’t crack a smile, the purser that served us was fantastic. During meal service, she ensured all glasses and china had the Aurora airlines logo facing me. Small details like this that only SQ F does…

  9. One drawback to Aeroflot remains connecting in SVO in irrops where you will need to spend the night and you don’t have a visa to enter Russia.

  10. Wow. What a difference a couple decades make. I flew Aeroflot in the late 1990s and it was everything that I think @Lucky expected it to be today. Nothing modern or stylish about it. And virtually the only differentiation between business and economy was the number of passengers in the cabin!

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