June 26, 2013 MOSCOW
Today Aeroflot accommodated joint plenary meeting of State Duma Committee on Economical Policy, Innovative Development and Entrepreneurship and State Duma Committee on Transport. Apart from two dedicated committees, heads of Russian transport sector were also present. The session was dedicated to the discussion of acute problems that national air transportation market faces nowadays. Among other things Aeroflot specialists presented a comprehensive program aiming to lower the costs of air service.
The measures that will help to achieve this goal are:
- Development and improvement of airport infrastructure;
- Rapid modernization of air traffic control systems in the airports of Moscow hub;
- Cutting down the cost of passenger transportation on domestic air routes, introducing non-refundable fares among other actions;
- Ending the foreign pilots employment ban — this will cover the existing shortage of qualified staff that leads to the rise of transportation costs and impedes the industry development;
- Decrease of airlines’ dependence on high-priced monopoly services concerning fuel supply as well;
- Facilitation of the conditions of aircraft orders as such expenses significantly influence the cost of passenger transportation;
- Widening the subsidized transportation program including more socially important domestic destinations in it.
The agenda of the meeting was largely based on Aeroflot’s experience and strategic plans as flag carrier. Russia’s leading airline already undertakes some actions to decrease the price of air transportation including the intention to create a low-cost airline within Aeroport Group.
During the meeting, it was repeatedly mentioned that a successful implementation of this project would require more modern legal and normative framework regulating the activities of Russian civil aviation. Also the importance of Aeroflot’s role was underlined — the airline is a leading consumer of domestic aviation industry products. That is why the carrier’s plans to further purchase passenger aircrafts produced in Russia were fully supported.
The participants of the plenary session had the opportunity to discover technical capacities and aspects of the airline’s activity directly at its operating base in Sheremetyevo Airport. They visited Aeroflot Flight Complex where they attended a demonstration of rescue training on the learning complex «Water-Land» and observed the work of full flight simulator for flying crew training.
The recommendations approved on the meeting shall be forwarded to the Government of the Russian Federation.
Сelebrating its 90-th anniversary in 2013, Aeroflot is Russia’s flagship airline and the largest national air company. Proudly being a member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance, Aeroflot with its partnering members provides service to more than 1000 destinations in 178 countries. Aeroflot operates one of the most modern and youngest fleets in Europe counting 137 aircraft formed by Airbus, Boeing and Sukhoi airliners with an average airplane age between five and six years old. In 2012 Aeroflot carried 17.7 million passengers (27.5 million passengers as Aeroflot Group), continuously showing the best results in modern Russia’s history. In June 2013 Aeroflot was for the second time awarded by SKYTRAX as The Best Airline in Eastern Europe. Find more at www.aeroflot.com.