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09 March 2011
Aeroflot became the first buyer of the new Boeing 777s among Eastern European airlines

March 9, 2011, Moscow.  – Today "Aeroflot – Russian Airlines" and "Boeing" (NYSE: BA) signed an agreement on the order of six Boeing 777-300ER aircraft (extended range) and two Boeing 777-200ERs.

 "These aircraft will significantly enhance our strategic capacities in the development of our route network, - says Vitaly Savelyev, Director-General of JSC ‘Aeroflot’. - We intend to use Boeing 777s on both our traditional routes and new ones, in particular, to Cancun, Sanyu, Ho Chi Minh city, Guangzhou, Mumbai, Toronto, Kuala Lumpur, San Francisco, and Singapore. Also, we plan to use these aircraft together with our SkyTeam alliance partners for serving international flights during the Olympic Games in Sochi in 2014 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The optimal combination of cabin dimensions, flight range, and operational characteristics of Boeing 777 are of special importance for us, as well as the variety of onboard means to ensure the comfortable flight. Owing to the high capacity of Boeing 777s, we get new options for enhancing our activities in airports with limitations on slots and open new routes on the long-range transportation marketplace."

Boeing 777 is the world’s most successful two-engine long-range aircraft. A Boeing 777 airplane can carry 300 to 400 passengers for a distance of over 14,000 km. Boeing 777 is a universal suite of models that are very popular both among passengers and airlines worldwide. Boeing 777 was designed with consideration for the requirements of customers and preferences of passengers. The aircraft features high fuel efficiency, a spacious cabin, long flight range, unification, and reliability. Boeing 777 has the largest range and payload in the segment of medium-size aircraft and, in addition, lower operation costs.

Russia is an important partner of the 777 program. VSMPO-AVISMA, part of ‘Rostekhnologiya’ state concern, manufactures titanium parts of wheel train, wings, and piers of 777 aircraft. Russian engineers and programmers employed by the Boeing design center in Moscow were actively involved in the design of the 777-300 ER model.

 "Aeroflot is one of the most innovative and rapidly growing airlines, says Jim Albau, president and executive director of ‘Boeing Commercial Airplanes’. - The Boeing 777 family features the ratio of payload and range, economic efficiency and comfort that are required to Aeroflot to fulfill ambitious goals of attaining high growth indicators, profitability, and service levels corresponding to the world’s highest standards. We appreciate this important order made by Aeroflot."

Boeing 777s have been ordered by nine of 13 SkyTeam alliance members. In total, SkyTeam airlines have ordered 161 Boeing 777s.

Owing to the "Signature Interior" style of cabin, spacious armchairs, wide aisles, large overhead volume, and flexible layout of seats that meet the requirements of the most demanding premium-segment passengers, for three years running, Boeing 777 has been winning the "Leading Edge" award in the "Best aircraft for frequently flying business passengers" category, which was established by the Executive Travel magazine.

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During last 20 years, over 6 bn USD have been invested in the global projects and programs in aviation and space industry implemented by Boeing in cooperation with Russian partners owing to which Boeing is the largest international investor and partner of Russian aviation and space industry.

Aeroflot, a leader of Russia’s air fleet, is a member of SkyTeam, the global airline alliance. Aeroflot’s overall flight network comprises 898 locations in 169 countries. In 2010, 11.3 mln passengers used Aeroflot’s services and about 14.07 mln used the services offered by the Aeroflot group.

Aeroflot was the winner in the contest between European members of SkyTeam in serving economy-class passengers in short- and medium-range flights and business-class passengers in long-range flights. “Onboard Survey,” the marketing survey conducted by SkyTeam from April to September 2009, confirmed Aeroflot’s leading positions.

Aeroflot belongs to 25 leading airlines of the world according to Air Transport World journal, based on the results of its financial and economic activities in 2009 ("operating profit" and "profit margin" categories).

Aeroflot was the first Russian carrier to be included in the IOSA operator registry and it continues to confirm the certificate in a regular way. The airline has successfully passed the Safety audit for ground operations (ISAGO). Aeroflot is a holder of the unified certificate of compliance with the requirements of ISO 9001:2008.

Aeroflot operates one of the youngest air fleets in Europe that consists of 101 aircraft. Aeroflot’s hub is Sheremetyevo international airport in Moscow. For more details please visit www.aeroflot.ru.

Contact information for the media:

Dmitry Khrol, Boeing    +7 495 797 3415

dmitry.krol@boeing.com

Natalya Khan, Maslov PR  +7 903 215 5088

natalya.khan@maslov-pr.com

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