Flight Review Aeroflot Business Class (A321)
Spent a sleepless night just to discover that my 5.55am flight from Moscow to Heathrow was overbooked. However, a reward of sorts materialized in the form of a business class upgrade for the next available flight.
Luckily, quite a lot of people travel between Moscow and London in the early hours of the day and Aeroflot has quite a few morning flights. The next available one turned out to be just one hour later, the right amount of time to make a short visit to the lounge before testing Aeroflot's short/medium-haul business class. All without altering much my original schedule.
What follows is my Aeroflot business class flight report:
Flight #: SU2580
From: Moscow Sheremetyevo (SVO)
To: London Heathrow (LHR)
Flight time: 4h approx.
Aircraft: Airbus A321
First a few words about the lounge. The impromptu nature of the upgrade left me with really little time to experience it. But I had been there before, in fact, there are two "twin" lounges, named "Jazz" and "Blues", for Aeroflot's business class passengers at Sheremetyevo.
They are quite correct, not uber luxurious, but they do their job. There are some newspapers (the majority in Russian), internet works fine (it's pretty much the same as in the rest of the airport, though) and the number of reclinable armchairs is a bit limited but, in all the times I have been there, I have never seen it too crowded. Food and drink is ok but nothing exuberant.
But let's get onboard the airplane...!
Such an early flight and the comfy wide seat was always like an open invitation to sleep - guess what I did something like two minutes after take off...! But the other highlight of any business class worth its name is the food, and here Aeroflot really delivered.
Nevermind, it was early morning, so we are talking breakfast here (which means perhaps the chances to impress with the food are rather more limited), but, nevertheless, Aeroflot's in-flight food did not disappoint.
In terms of service, it was faultless throughout the flight - as an anecdote I asked for an additional glass of water and they brought me a whole unopened bottle (which was very convenient to keep later during the day when moving around London)
Overall Impression: pretty good. 4h is already quite a long flight, but still within the realm of narrow body aircraft, a segment of the market where many airlines have been diluting their premium product. Here is where Aeroflot's business class stands out, primarily because of its large, very spacious seats,