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16 April 2007

Aeroflot Celebrated Its First Year In Sky Team

April 14, 2006 Aeroflot officially became the tenth member of the leading international alliance of air carriers.

The main result of Aeroflot operation in the alliance became extension of the range of services, additional convenience for the Russian passengers on flights around the world due access to the alliance’s route network including 728 destinations in 149 countries. Aeroflot passengers appreciated participation via the Aeroflot-bonus program in a uniform system of bonus programs of the member airline companies.

Last year Aeroflot successfully integrated into the service system of alliance modern technologies: new electronic service for self check-in though stands and Internet were introduced, the technology of “interline e-ticket” was successfully realized with the alliance partners: Aeromexico, Delta, Continental Airlines, KLM, Korean Air and Northwest Airlines. The program “Ambassador” aimed at staff training according to SkyTeam standards operates for efficient introduction of uniform technologies of the alliance in Aeroflot.

Aeroflot participates in commercial projects of SkyTeam. Fare products «European Airpass», «Asian Airpass», «American Airpass», for discount passenger flights for one intercontinental flight and at least three inside the continent. The projects «Global corporative contracts» and «Global Meetings» allow attracting corporative clients and participants of large international events. Participation in a joint alliance program for granting of compensation in case of delay, canceling or rebooking of a flight as well as in the program “Transfer product” is aimed at enhancement of quality and conditions of transit. All information about advantages for passengers is available at the Russian language alliance’s web site www.skyteam.com.

Aeroflot participates in joint focused advertising campaigns in the key markets, program of reports on interviews and claims, projects on joint location of the alliance airline companies in the airports.

At the moment Aeroflot cooperates with the companies of the SkyTeam alliance on 15 lines including 7 direct lines between Moscow and partner’s destinations (Paris, Seoul, Prague, Amsterdam, Rome, Milan, Karlovy Vary). Frequency of Aeroflot flights has grown due to code sharing agreements. On June 1, 2007 Aeroflot is planning to open flights from St. Petersburg to Munich, Berlin and Hamburg. And till the end of the summer schedule 2007 80 routes more will be included in the joint exploitation with the alliance companies. At the expense of participation in the alliance programs a number of Aeroflot transit passengers grew seriously that allowed to increase a number of the passenger carriages in 2006 by 10%.

Aeroflot is planning further development of the agreements on joint exploitation of airlines in respect of geographic expansion, development of e-services, introduction of the 2D bar code technology, conclusion of code sharing agreements and FFP with the airline company China Southern, planning to joint SkyTeam, and probation associated members.

JSC “Aeroflot – Russian Airlines” (AFLT) is a certain leader of civil aviation in Russia, actually a national carrier. Being the largest domestic airline company it transports over 7 mln. of people annually and together with its subsidiaries – about 9 mln., i.e. 23% of the total amount of Russian air passengers. With a fleet of 90 air crafts it flies to 93 destinations in 47 countries (302 flights a day). The company controls 51% of the Russian market of regular international flights and about 12% of domestic flights. Net profit in 2006 made 7,9 bln. rubles.

Aeroflot is one of the oldest airline companies and one of the most known commercial brands in the world. The company was founded in 1923; it is based in Moscow in the international Sheremetyevo airport. In 2006 Aeroflot became the first Russian airline company to enter the global alliance SkyTeam. Joint route network of the alliance includes 728 destinations in 149 countries that gives Aeroflot passengers boundless opportunities of choice. Bonus programs of all alliance partners extend to Aeroflot clients. More information about SkyTeam benefits is available at www.skyteam.com.

Aeroflot is the only certified operator of international operational safety audit (IOSA) in Russia.

Tickets to Aeroflot flights with on-line payment, technology of e-ticket and more detailed information about the company are available at www.aeroflot.ru.