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15 May 2015

Aeroflot Security Dogs Unit Announces Scientific Breakthrough

Moscow, 15 May 2015. — Aeroflot reports breakthrough results of scientific research involving its security dogs unit. A new method to detect explosive and dangerous substances has got scientific proof and a relative patent. New cancer diagnostics research data have been revealed. Both advances have been accomplished by joint effort of Aeroflot’s dog security service and major Russian scientists. Together they have worked under the Innovative Airline Development Program aimed at promoting Russian R&D.

The research has involved the unique Sulimov dogs. This kind of dog — the air company’s pride — was specially bred for Aeroflot’s canine service through crossing the Arctic Herding Laika and the Subtropical Jackal. The Sulimov dog is as hardy, unpretentious, loyal and smart as its Arctic ancestor. The new breed took its good sense of smell from the subtropical relative. These specially-trained dogs live in Aerolflot’s Aviation Safety Department Canine Unit. This unit administers canine service and is an integral part of aviation safety.

Partnering with the Burnazian Biophysics Center the canine unit experts looked at the way dogs smell things and make informed choices when detecting a target substance. This process has been thoroughly studied and explained in scientific terms. The wholesome approach to fixing and analyzing the Sulimov dog’s conduct in the search work has put in the spotlight how the «bio-detector» functions. This innovative approach has encompassed the method to detect explosives and dangerous substances. The originality of the method is confirmed by the Russian Federation patent. The research results facilitate an early selection of dogs, most capable for air security service, and control over their training. The scientific studies have substantially contributed to dogs-ensured aviation safety.

The other experimental research involving Aeroflot’s canine service experts and Sulimov dogs has confirmed how promising the use of animals in cancer diognostics is. Dogs analyzing air samples in a laboratory as a way of detecting substances in question is quite original. The dog’s splendid sense of smell in addition to standard lab tests allows to detect malignant cells better and faster.

As a modern dynamic air company invariably in step with advanced practice Aeroflot is in the avant-garde when it comes to introducing state-of-art R&D. This concerns technological innovation in aviation safety. The leader’s mission embraces vital support to Russian science and priority tendered to Russian innovation. The results of scientific research involving Aeroflot’s dog unit serve a good proof to it.

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About Aeroflot

Aeroflot is Russia’s flagship carrier and one of the largest airline groups in Europe. In 2014, Aeroflot carried 23.6 million passengers (34.7 million passengers as Aeroflot Group including subsidiaries), a record for any Russian airline. A proud member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance, Aeroflot and its partners serve 1,052 destinations in 177 countries worldwide. Aeroflot operates the youngest fleet in the World (among the major airlines), numbering 157 Airbus, Boeing and Sukhoi airliners. Aeroflot is among the global leaders in aviation safety. The company’s European Community Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft (SAFA) Index, which is the main globally recognized safety parameter, is comparable to global peers. The first Russian carrier to enter the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) register, renewing its registration for the fifth time in 2013, Aeroflot has successfully passed the IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) and is fully ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004 compliant. In 2014 Aeroflot was named by SKYTRAX as the Best Airline in Eastern Europe for the third time. Find more at www.aeroflot.com.