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11 June 2015

Aeroflot as Manchester United Official Carrier Holds a Pitch Day for Business Partners at Old Trafford

Moscow, 11 June, 2015. — On 21 of May 2015 Aeroflot, Manchester United «Official Carrier», held a pitch day at Old Trafford for its ground-handling partners.

The end of season football match brought together two 11-a-side teams comprised of industry leaders’ Swissport and dnata as well as Aeroflot staff. The players wore the official Red Devils’ colours.

Manchester United ambassador Andrew Cole attended the event. The former player, who has received multiple honours in football, welcomed the teams and encouraged the players with his professional advice.

Following a warm-up and training session conducted by Manchester United Soccer Schools coaches, the players then took to the hallowed pitch of Old Trafford to display their skills.

From the beginning the Swissport team took the initiative. A few scoring opportunities missed, on the 10th minute the ball hit dnata’s net.

The first half was full of exciting moments, with Swissport having numerous shots at goal. In the second half the dnata players gained drive, but the opponents’ agile goalkeeper didn’t miss a goal but once.

The Manchester match ended with a score of 6-1 in favour of Swissport.

Everybody was a winner, with all participants taking home precious souvenirs, spectacular memories and an unforgettable experience.

The match served a good networking and team-building opportunity for Aeroflot and its ground-handling partners. It was Aeroflot’s token of gratitude. «Be it in the soccer field or corporate world leadership is attained through joint effort and healthy competition. Aeroflot, Swissport, dnata we, industry leaders, are here today to confirm» — Dmitry Preobrazhensky , Aeroflot General Manager, UK and Ireland, summed up the idea behind the match arranged by the Russian air carrier.

Aeroflot’s seamless performance and flight safety ensured that the Russian airline became Manchester United «Official Carrier» back in 2013. As «Official Carrier» Aeroflot provides strategic advice to the club on travel arrangements for the team and officials. It delivers services whenever suitable on its newest long-haul Airbus and Boeing airplanes featuring a state-of-the-art business class experience. Manchester United livery adorns two of Aeroflot’s brand-new Airbus-321. They make part of Aeroflot’s fleet — the youngest among major airlines.

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 160 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 sixth time in 2015, 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.

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