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02 February 2011

Aeroflot starts operating an A320 aircraft named ‘V. Glushko’

February 2, 2011, Moscow. - JSC ‘Aeroflot - Russian Airlines’ obtained the 36th A320 aircraft manufactured by Airbus. The aircraft is named after Valentin Glushko, a famous Russian engineer, renowned Soviet researcher in aerospace technologies, and a pioneer in construction of liquid-fuel rocket engines.

Currently the airline’s fleet includes 69 aircraft of the А319/320/321 family; their average age is 3.6 years.

The aircraft was obtained as part of the operating lease agreement concluded in 2008 with BOC Aviation (Ireland) Limited.

All the air vessels were delivered directly from the manufacturing plant. The aircraft two-compartment cabins can accommodate 116 (А319), 140 (А320), or 170 (А321) passengers. Aeroflot operates A320 airbuses in its network of routes in Russia and Europe. Aeroflot is among the world leaders in operation reliability and the actual number of flight hours per aircraft.

The A320 aircraft, one of the best vessels intended for medium-range flights, complies with all the requirements for safety, reliability, and comfort.

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 13 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 100 aircraft.   Aeroflot’s hub is Sheremetyevo international airport in Moscow. For more details please visit www.aeroflot.ru.

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