28 November 2017, Moscow. – Aeroflot came out on top among the world’s traditional air carriers in terms of capacity growth. At the same time, the airline strengthened its position among the world’s Top-20 airlines for seat capacity, rising from 20th to 19th place, according to data from the British ratings agency OAG.
During the 12-month period ending in September 2017, Aeroflot increased its capacity by 15%. In the overall rankings, Aeroflot easily outscored all other traditional and low-cost airlines, excluding only the budget airline IndiGo, which operates on domestic routes in India.
OAG bases its Top-20 ratings on the maximum number of passengers an airline can carry within a 12-month period. The analytical review notes that Aeroflot showed very strong growth in the last 12 months. Aeroflot has an average fleet age of 4.2 years, which is the youngest among all the Top-20 airlines - another important competitive advantage for Aeroflot.
In 2016 Aeroflot Group placed 18th globally for passenger traffic, whilst also strengthening its position in strategic markets. According to data gathered by the British portal, Airline Network News @Analysis (anna.aero), Aeroflot became the global leader for long-haul travel between Europe and Asia, which is the most competitive market in civil aviation globally.
“This data from OAG is yet another confirmation that Aeroflot has returned to the very elite of global airlines”, said Aeroflot’s CEO Vitaly Saveliev, “not only are we delivering on our development strategy to 2025, we are doing so well ahead of schedule. Even in a complicated geo-political environment, Aeroflot continues to strengthen its position in the global aviation market – a trend we intend to continue in 2018.”
OAG is one of the most reliable sources of analysis covering the world’s aviation companies, with an extensive database which includes data on more than 900 airlines and 4000 airports.
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 214 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.
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