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2007

December

Aeroflot signed a protocol of intent with Russian Railways to set up amultimodal rail-and-air passenger carriage service, using the sales systems of both companies.

Aeroflot won the top prize in the “Transport Services” section of the “Company of the Year” business competition.

Aeroflot took delivery of a seventh A321 airliner, named after the famous painter and leader of the international avant-garde, Marc Chagall.

The number of passengers carried by Aeroflot since the beginning of 2007 reached 10 million. The ten millionth passenger travelled on flight SU825 from Moscow to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky in the Russian Far East.

Aeroflot subdivisions successfully underwent an audit for certification of the entire Company as compliant with the requirements of the ISO 9001:2000 standard.

Aeroflot withdrew Tu-134 aircraft from its fleet after many years of service.

November

АК&М Rating Agency confirmed Aeroflot’s credit rating at a level of “A+” and raised the rating outlook from stable to positive. This means that the Company is classed as a very dependable borrower.

Aeroflot took delivery and commissioned a tenth A319 airliner. The aircraft was named after Vasily Kandinsky, the great Russian artist, art theorist and poet, and one of the leaders of the avant-garde in the first half of the 20th century.

The Sheremeyevo-3 terminal project won a prize at Russia’s ARX Architecture and Development Awards, topping the nominations for “Best Transport Infrastructure Facility”.

October

Aeroflot signed an agreement with AerCap, a Dutch leasing company, for delivery of six new A320-200 passenger airliners under a 10-year operating lease. The aircraft are to be delivered between July 2008 and March 2009.

Aeroflot took delivery of a sixth A321 airliner. The aircraft was named in honour of the famous Russian painter, Alexander Deineka.

Aeroflot commissioned a ninth A319 airliner, named in honour of the well-known Russian traveller, doctor, TV presenter and public activist, Yuri Senkevich.

September

An extraordinary general meeting of Aeroflot shareholders, held by absentee voting, approved the acquisition of 22 new long-haul Airbus 350s and 22 Boeing 787s .

Aeroflot successfully completed a regular IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA).

August

A rating compiled by the authoritative international industry magazine Airline ranked Aeroflot among the best airline companies in the world by financial results for 2006.

The leading Russian stock exchange, MICEX, upgraded Aeroflot’s common shares from its second-tier A-list to its first-tier A-list on the exchange.

Aeroflot became the first Russian airline to begin using mobile automated desks for passenger check-in at Russian airports.

Aeroflot signed a memorandum of mutual understanding with Snecma Services and the Vnukovsky Aircraft Repair Plant for the creation in Russia of a joint venture for technical servicing, running repairs and overhaul of CFM 56 engines installed in aircraft from the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 families.

July

Aeroflot began regular flights from Magadan to Novosibirsk and Irkutsk.

Aeroflot and Rosneft, a Russian oil company, signed a general agreement on strategic partnership and cooperation.

Aeroflot took delivery of a fifth A321 airliner under a financial leasing arrangement. The aircraft was named in honour of the great Russian painter and philosopher, Nikolai Rerikh.

Aeroflot opened an office in Sochi.

June

Aeroflot began regular flights between Moscow and Split and between Moscow and Irakleion.

Aeroflot held its Annual General Meeting of Shareholders on June 21.

Aeroflot began issuing electronic tickets inside Russia. E-tickets are issued when sales are made via the Company’s Internet site, through the Company’s own sales network, or through agencies.

Valery Okulov, Aeroflot CEO, was elected a member of the IATA Management Council for 2007-2008. This is the fifth time that Mr Okulov has been elected to the Council.

Aeroflot signed contracts at the Le Bourget International Air Show, including:

  • a contract with Rolls-Royce on the fitting of Trent 700 engines in 10 A330-200 aircraft;
  • a “Total Care” long-term agreement on technical servicing of the engines;
  • a contract with Airbus for the purchase of five A321 aircraft.

 

Aeroflot took delivery of a new A320 airliner under an operating lease agreement. The aircraft was named after the Russian painter, Valentin Serov.

As part of the Company’s cooperation with the Russian Olympic Committee and the Sochi-2014 Bid Committee, Aeroflot organized two special flights from Moscow to Guatemala, carrying the Russian delegation to the Session of the International Olympic Committee.

Aeroflot withdrew from the competition to buy a share stake in Alitalia. However, the Company intends to pursue the energetic expansion of its business in Europe, both through increasing its European operations and by seeking opportunities for the acquisition of attractive assets.

May

On May 16 Aeroflot began regular passenger flights between Moscow and Norilsk.

On May 27 Aeroflot began regular flights between Moscow and Bratislava.

In May Aeroflot launched an improved economy-class service (Commercial Class) on flights between Moscow and Helsinki, Geneva and Nice.

Aeroflot started regular flights between Moscow and Surgut (West Siberia).

Aeroflot and Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company signed an agreement of intent for delivery of 15 aircraft from the new Sukhoi Superjet 100 family.

The first foundation brick of Aeroflot’s new head office was laid during a special ceremony.

April

Aeroflot and Czech Airlines began joint operation of routes between Moscow, Prague and Brno, between Moscow, Prague and Kosice, and between Moscow, Prague and Ostrava.

Aeroflot launched regular flights between Sochi and Novosibirsk on Tu-154M aircraft. Valery Okulov, Aeroflot CEO, signed a memorandum of mutual understanding with Buldan Erdenebileg, CEO of of Mongolian Airlines.

Aeroflot and the Spanish airline AirEuropa began joint operation of four routes: between Moscow, Madrid and Palma de Majorca; between Moscow, Madrid and Malaga; between Moscow, Madrid and Tenerife; between Moscow, Madrid and Barcelona; and between Moscow, Barcelona and Madrid.

In April Aeroflot applied to the Italian Ministry of Finance to be included in the list of bidders to acquire a government stake in the airline company Alitalia.

Valery Okulov, President and CEO of Aeroflot, presented a business plan for the restructuring of the airline Dalavia during a visit to the city of Khabarovsk in the Russian Far East. The plan is part of Aeroflot’s project to consolidate the air companies in the Far East region.

Aeroflot opened a branch in Magadan, in the Russian Far East.

Aeroflot activated electronic ticketing across its international agency network, using the world’s largest distribution systems (Sabre, Amadeus, Galileo by Travelport, Worldspan by Travelport). The Company was thus able to begin sales of electronic tickets using all of IATA’s settlement and clearing systems in nearly 50 countries.

March

Aeroflot and AerCap, a Dutch leasing company, signed an agreement on the delivery of 10 new A330-200 airliners for a period of 10 years on an operating lease basis. The aircraft should be delivered between November 2008 and April 2010

Aeroflot introduced a new service standard for passengers with physical disabilities, in line with international practice. The new measures put in place ensure high levels of comfort and security for passengers with physical disabilities at all stages of service, from ticket sales to travel.

In March Aeroflot took delivery of two new A320 airliners for use under an operating lease agreement. The aircraft were named in honour of two outstanding Russian painters, Karl Brullov and Vasily Surikov.

Aeroflot Russian Airlines celebrated the 75th anniversary of its Company brand, when in 1932 the Main Directorate of the Civil Air Fleet of the USSR was first given the name “Aeroflot”.

Aeroflot and Russia’s new aerospace manufacturing group, United Aerospace Corporation, signed a protocol of intent on the financial lease of six new wide-fuselage IL-96-400T cargo aircraft.

February

Aeroflot and fellow Russian airline GTK Rossiya signed an agreement on joint route operation, enabling unlimited ticket sales for flights covered by the agreement.

Aeroflot (and the entire Russian civil aviation industry) celebrated its 85th birthday on February 9.

Aeroflot took delivery of its 15th A320 aircraft under an operating leasing agreement. The craft was named in honour of the greater Russian polar researcher, Georgy Sedov.

Aeroflot signed a bilateral agreement with the Russian Olympic Committee to convey the Russian Olympic Team and official delegation to the 23rd Olympic Games to be held in

Beijing in August 2008. Aeroflot was again selected as Russia’s official Olympic carrier.

Aeroflot’s “Open Chess Tournament 2007” was held in Moscow with the support of Aeroflot Russian Airlines, the Association of Chess Federations, and the Russian Chess Federation. The Tournament prize fund totalled $200,000.

Aeroflot’s Executive Board approved a program for the step-by-step replacement of Tu-134 aircraft in the Company’s air fleet.

January

Aeroflot increased the number of flights between Moscow and St. Petersburg to seven per day as part of Company plans for market expansion in Russia’s northern capital.

Aeroflot took delivery and commissioned its 14th Airbus A320 aircraft. The new aircraft was named in honour of the great Russian explorer, Afanasy Nikitin.

Aeroflot launched regular flights between Sochi and Frankfurt.