Prime Min­is­ter of In­dia Shri Naren­dra Modi

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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

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