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15 September 2017

Aeroflot celebrates 50 years of flying to Turkey

15 September 2017, Moscow. – Aeroflot is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its flights to Turkey.

To mark the milestone, Aeroflot is holding a celebration in Istanbul. A presentation on the airline and a seminar for travel and ground handling agents will be followed by congratulations from Aeroflot officials and partners, a musical performance and a prize draw for guests. The celebrations will finish with a retro show of Aeroflot cabin crew uniforms down the years. Both historically and recently the Aeroflot uniform has set the standard for style, elegance and reflected the spirit of the times.

Under the Soviet-Turkish intergovernmental agreement on air transport, in 1967 Aeroflot gained the right to fly from points in the USSR to Istanbul, Ankara and further into African countries, as well as the right to operate direct transit flights through Turkish territory in both directions.

Aeroflot’s Summer 2017 timetable provides three daily flights between Moscow and Istanbul on comfortable Airbus A320 planes. There are plans to increase flight frequencies on this route.

Istanbul attracts a steady flow of both business and tourist passengers from Russia. A substantial number of passengers flying from Istanbul transfer to points in Siberia and the Far East.

Besides Istanbul, Aeroflot operates flights between Moscow and Antalya twice daily on modern Boeing 737-800 and Airbus A321 aircraft. Flights to one of the most popular Mediterranean cities are in high demand among Russians.

Despite a challenging environment, Aeroflot is continuing to increase its presence in the Turkish market, as can be seen from the growth of its operational indicators. More than 147,000 passengers flew with Aeroflot from Istanbul and Antalya in the first five months of 2017. Demand for Aeroflot’s Turkey-bound flights is traditionally high, particularly in the Summer season when they post a 90-100% load factor.

About Aeroflot

Aeroflot is Russia’s flagship carrier and a proud member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance. Aeroflot and its partners serve 1,074 destinations in 177 countries worldwide. In 2016, Aeroflot carried 29 million passengers (43.4 million passengers as Aeroflot Group including subsidiaries).

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. In 2017, Aeroflot was named Best Airline in Eastern Europe for the sixth 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 202 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 seventh time in 2017, Aeroflot has successfully passed the IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) and is fully ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2004 compliant.

Find out more at www.aeroflot.com.