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    Russia's flagship airline Aeroflot will buy its eight Boeing 777 long-haul airliners for $1.156 billion, at a considerable discount to their catalog prices, Aeroflot said on Thursday.

    Russia's flagship airline Aeroflot will buy its eight Boeing 777 long-haul airliners for $1.156 billion, at a considerable discount to their catalog prices, Aeroflot said on Thursday.

    Aeroflot said on Wednesday that the entire cost of the eight Boeing airliners at catalog prices amounted to $2.168 billion.

    U.S. aerospace giant Boeing will supply Aeroflot with two Boeing 777-200ERs and six Boeing 777-300ERs from the fourth quarter of 2012 to the second quarter of 2016.

    Aeroflot General Director Vitaly Saveliev said on Wednesday that these planes would seriously strengthen company's strategic opportunities for developing its route network, including international routes, which Aeroflot expect to serve with the partners in SkyTeam alliance during the Olympic Games in Sochi in 2014 and FIFA World Cup 2018.

    Boeing 777s can carry from 300 to 400 passengers over 14,000 kilometers.

    Aeroflot's fleet includes 11 Boeing 767 long haul wide-body planes and 10 Airbus A330s.

    MOSCOW, March 10 (RIA Novosti)

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