Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi
Aeroflot came out on top among the world’s traditional air carriers in terms of capacity growth. At the same time, the airline strengthened its position among the world’s Top-20 airlines for seat capacity, rising from 20th to 19th place, according to data from the British ratings agency OAG. During the 12-month period ending in September 2017, Aeroflot increased its capacity by 15%. In the overall rankings, Aeroflot easily outscored all other traditional and lowcost airlines, excluding only the budget airline IndiGo, which operates on domestic routes in India. OAG bases its Top-20 ratings on the maximum number of passengers an airline can carry within a 12-month period. The analytical review notes that Aeroflot showed very strong growth in the last 12 months. Aeroflot has an average fleet age of 4.2 years, which is the youngest among all the Top-20 airlines - another important competitive advantage for Aeroflot. In 2016 Aeroflot Group placed 18th globally for passenger traffic, whilst also strengthening its position in strategic markets. According to data gathered by the British portal, Airline Network News @Analysis (anna. aero), Aeroflot became the global leader for long-haul travel between Europe and Asia, which is the most competitive market in civil aviation globally. “This data from OAG is yet another confirmation that Aeroflot has returned to the very elite of global airlines”, said Aeroflot’s CEO Vitaly Saveliev, “not only are we delivering on our development strategy to 2025, we are doing so well ahead of schedule. Even in a complicated geo-political environment, Aeroflot continues to strengthen its position in the global aviation market – a trend we intend to continue in 2018.” OAG is one of the most reliable sources of analysis covering the world’s aviation companies, with an extensive database which includes data on more than 900 airlines and 4000 airports.
Japan Airlines and PJSC “Aeroflot” Launch Comprehensive Partnership
Japan Airlines (JAL) and Public Joint Stock Company “Aeroflot – Russian Airlines” (PJSC “Aeroflot”) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a strategic cooperation agreement to pursue commercial opportunities which will greatly benefit the customers of both airlines by providing more options for travel between Russia and Japan. Since the relaxation of visa requirements to the nationals of Japan and Russia from January 1, 2017, the demand between the two countries has been steadily increasing and the two airlines have agreed to work together to further stimulate the demand of
travel between the two countries. As a first step, JAL and PJSC “Aeroflot” agreed to start a codeshare cooperation between Japan and Russia as well as PJSC “Aeroflot”’s domestic flights, and JAL’s domestic and international flights. The first stage of the codeshare cooperation is planned to be implemented after fiscal year 2018. In addition to the codeshare cooperation, JAL and PJSC “Aeroflot” will pursue the development of the partnership in various areas, including frequent flyer programs, airport relocation, while considering a joint business in the future. “As the only airline in Japan operating to Russia for over 50 years, the launch of a forward looking partnership with PJSC “Aeroflot” demonstrates our strong commitment to this very important market. As we jointly started the Tokyo-Moscow flight 50 years ago, this strategic cooperation of mutual benefits will offer both airlines’ customers more options and flexibility,” said Tadashi Fujita, JAL Executive Vice President. “Japanese market is a long-standing and important one for Aeroflot. We believe that by expanding our partnership with JAL for both direct and transit traffic we will be able to further develop this market by providing more opportunities for our passengers,” said Mr. Giorgio Callegari, PJSC “Aeroflot” Deputy CEO for Strategy and Alliances. Japan Airlines currently operates four weekly flights to Moscow Domodedovo Airport from Tokyo Narita Airport using Boeing 787-8 aircraft. Between July to October 2017, the frequency had temporarily increased to seven flights per week to accommodate the demand during the peak summer season in 2017. PJSC “Aeroflot” operates daily nonstop flights year-round from Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport to Tokyo Narita Airport. Flights from Moscow are operated with Airbus 330-300 aircraft.
Aeroflot customers can now fly to Australia and New Zealand
Aeroflot has expanded its codesharing agreement with SkyTeam alliance partner China Southern Airlines, opening up new destinations in Australia and New Zealand for its passengers on routes via Guangzhou. Aeroflot will put its SU code on China Southern flights between Guangzhou and Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland. The Chinese carrier operates two flights daily to each of these destinations. Passengers on these routes can earn miles on the Aeroflot Bonus programme. The codeshare agreement was signed at the end of 2008, and previously covered routes between Moscow and Guangzhou, Ürümqi and Wuhan. Joint operation of China Southern flights from Guangzhou to destinations in Australia and New Zealand offers new opportunities for passengers of both airlines. Aeroflot currently has code-shares with 30 Russian and international airlines, adding an additional 19 countries to the 51 served by its own route network.
Aeroflot restarts ticket sales in Nepal
Aeroflot has resumed ticket sales in Nepal with a launch event in Kathmandu attended by the airline’s Delhi office, Russian Ambassador to Nepal Andrey Budnik, the management team of Nepal airlines, representatives of the local tourism industry and media. A sales agreement for Aeroflot flights on Nepalese territory was signed with the Gandaki International Travels agency, which has become Aeroflot’s General Sales Agent (GSA) for Nepal. Plans are also in place to develop sales using IATA’s Billing and Settlement Plan (BSP). Ticket sales in Nepal are being relaunched after a hiatus of two years. This will help strengthen Aeroflot’s position on the South Asian market and develop tourism in the region. Experience and bookings analysis shows that passengers from the region are particularly interested in flights to Russia, as well as Western and Eastern Europe and the US.
Aeroflot’s CEO Vitaly Saveliev
Giorgio Callegari, PJSC “Aeroflot” Deputy CEO for Strategy and Alliances