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Company News

22 April 2016

Aeroflot to offer free air travel to World War II veterans

Moscow, 22 April 2016. — Aeroflot launches a special campaign running May 3 through 12, 2016 to honour veterans of World War II with free air travel. The ticketing campaign celebrates the 71st anniversary of the Great Victory.

World War II veterans residing in Russia, CIS and other former Soviet states, those disabled as a result of the war and those held prisoner of war as children are eligible to receive free economy-class tickets for themselves and one accompanying passenger on SU flights. Taxes and other fees will be paid by Aeroflot.

Heroes of the Soviet Union and Full Cavaliers of the Order of Glory travelling within Russia will be granted business- or comfort-class tickets. Free service class upgrade will be offered to other participants of the campaign along with accompanying individuals when seats are available.

Bookings can be made from April 25 to May 12, 2016 for travel starting May 3. Travel is available on Aeroflot flights as well as flights of Aeroflot subsidiary airlines.

Aeroflot’s special campaign pays tribute to heroism of the Soviet people who demonstrating unprecedented courage in the struggle with Nazism and at the expense of numerous sacrifices defended our Motherland and the life of future generations. In 2001 Aeroflot started granting free travel to World War II veterans, thus, establishing a tradition. Almost 65,000 people took part in the special transportation campaign over the years.

“Aeroflot commemorates heroes and pays tribute to those who bore the burden of World War II, said Aeroflot Director General Vitaly Saveliev. – Aeroflot is proud of and cherishes its war biography. As soon as fighting began on Soviet territory, Aeroflot rose up to defend this country. In the early days of the War our pilots were performing their combat missions in the very heart of Nazi Germany. Throughout the war under enemy fire and notwithstanding extreme conditions, civil pilots supported the combatting troops and guerilla forces, delivered ammunition to the front and food supply to the besieged Leningrad, evacuated the wounded soldiers and civilians. We bow in memory of those who are no longer with us and lavish care upon our dear veterans. Courage and heroism during the World War II earned medals to thousands of pilots and ground service workers. Fifteen Aeroflot employees were awarded the highest title of Hero of the Soviet Union. They were: Aleksandr Gruzdin, Dmitry Yezersky, Petr Yeromasov, Pavel Kashuba, Boris Kalinkin, Boris Lakhtin, Pavel Mikhailov, Vladimir Pavlov, Feofan Radugin, Ivan Ryshkov, Grigory Taran, Semion Frolovsky, Aleksandr Shornikov, Vasily Shipilov, Pavel Yakimov.

Many of them gave their names to our aircraft. Aeroflot goes on with the tradition of naming new Russian aircraft Sukhoi Superjet 100 in honour of Hero pilots”.

More information is available from Aeroflot’s 24-hour information and reservation centre: +7-495-223-5555 (Moscow), 8-800-444-5555 (free call within Russia) or the airline’s sales offices.

ABOUT AEROFLOT

Aeroflot is Russia’s leading flagship carrier and member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance. Aeroflot and its partners serve 1,057 destinations in 179 countries worldwide. In 2015 Aeroflot carried 26.1 million passengers (39.4 million passengers as Aeroflot Group including subsidiaries).

In 2016 Aeroflot has been awarded an official four-star quality and service ranking from the leading independent authority on airline quality, Skytrax.

In 2015 Aeroflot and to have been ranked among TOP-10 airlines with Best Airline Cuisine by readers of Global Traveler magazine  and  have been ranked among TOP-10 airlines with Best Airline Cuisine by readers of Global Traveler magazine

Aeroflot operates the youngest fleet in the world among major airlines, numbering 171 aircrafts. Airline base of Aeroflot is International Sheremetyevo airport, Moscow.

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.