31 May 2017, Moscow — Tula confectionary plant Yasnaya Polyana and JSC Aeromar – Aeroflot’s onboard catering supplier – today signed a partnership agreement. The signing ceremony was attended by the governor of Russia’s Tula region Alexei Dyumin and CEO of Aeroflot Vitaly Saveliev.
Under the agreement the traditional Russian dessert Tula honey-cake will be included in Aeroflot’s onboard menu. Aeroflot catering is regularly recognised as one of the best in global aviation.
Aeroflot’s onboard menus are designed by world-renowned chefs and have recently been substantially updated to include additional Russian choices. A new comprehensive Russian menu will be offered on flights departing from Moscow.
Aeroflot decided to offer Tula honey-cake onboard, and Aeromar held a competition to select a supplier from the Tula region, which meets the company’s requirements.
The new dessert will be offered on Aeroflot flights starting from June 1 when the new Russian menu is introduced. Tula honey-cake with fruit filling in an Aeroflot-branded wrap will be served as part of a hot lunch in economy class on flights from Moscow lasting three or more hours.
The agreement will help promote the Aeroflot brand as Russia’s national carrier and Tula as a unique Russian region, which makes a number of products that have gained worldwide fame and are historically associated with Russia.
Governor of the Tula region Alexei Dyumin said:
“We are proud to see that one of the symbols of our region – Tula honey-cake – will be offered on Aeroflot flights. For the Tula region, a partnership with Russia’s leading airline will create sizeable, consistent demand for Tula confectionary products, and will also make a great contribution to preserving our traditions. I would like to thank Aeroflot’s management for supporting domestic manufacturers and cooperating with our region. It is important for us that Tula products are recognised not only in Russia, but around the world.”
CEO of Aeroflot Vitaly Saveliev said during the signing ceremony:
“We welcome Tula honey-cake onboard Aeroflot. This decision reflects the wishes of our passengers, who have spoken in favour of including a wider range of Russian cuisine in our catering service. Aeroflot is a symbol of Russia and has been recognised as the country’s strongest brand. We aim to make a positive contribution to Russia’s image in the world, particularly as we look ahead to hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup. I am grateful to the governor of the Tula region for supporting this initiative."
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.