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15 May 2017

Aeroflot retains Approved Gate Check status

Moscow, 15 May 2017 – Aeroflot has retained its Approved Gate Check (AGC) status, which is awarded by the UK’s Home Office to carriers that effectively and consistently prevent illegal immigration.

AGC status is assigned to airlines that:

  • Have specially trained staff to detect false documents;

  • Carry out passport and visa control and mandatory document checks immediately prior to boarding;

  • Work closely with the UK immigration authorities and regularly exchange information on the latest forgery methods and organisation of illegal migration.

AGC status recognises Aeroflot’s expertise in preventing illegal migration to the UK. Russia’s flagship carrier constantly demonstrates efficiency and reliability in this area, including long-term maintenance of high standards of document verification. For this reason, Aeroflot’s AGC status has been extended for a full year, rather than the standard six-month period.

Aeroflot’s AGC status runs through 13 March, 2018.

About Aeroflot

Aeroflot is Russia’s flagship carrier and a proud member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance. Aeroflot and its partners serve 1,062 destinations in 177 countries worldwide. In 2016, Aeroflot carried 29 million passengers (43.4 million passengers as Aeroflot Group including subsidiaries).

In 2016 Aeroflot became the first Russian airline to be awarded Four Star Airline status by Skytrax in recognition of the high-quality of its customer service, and was also named Best Airline in Eastern Europe for the fifth time at the Skytrax World Airline Awards.

In 2017 Aeroflot was named the most powerful brand in Russia and the world’s strongest airline brand by leading valuation and strategy consultancy Brand Finance. Aeroflot was also named Best Major Airline in Europe by TripAdvisor travellers and  recognised as the Favourite International Airline in China at the Flyer Award Ceremony 2017.

Aeroflot operates one of the youngest fleets in the world with 196 aircraft. Aeroflot is based in Moscow, at Sheremetyevo International Airport.

Aeroflot is among the global leaders in aviation safety, with a European Community Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft (SAFA) Index, the main globally recognized safety parameter, 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.

Find out more at www.aeroflot.com.