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27 February 2018

Passenger charged over disruptive behavior on Moscow-Kamchatka flight

Moscow, 27 February 2018 – An investigation into Vladimir Kolotygin, who caused a disturbance on flight SU1730 from Moscow to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky on 15 January, has completed and case materials filed with the Elizovo district court in Kamchatka. Kolotygin faces charges under articles 213 (“Hooliganism”) and 116 (“Beating”) of the Russian Criminal Code.

During the flight, Kolotygin, who was flying in business class, behaved disruptively while in a state of intoxication, disturbing public order, insulting the crew and hitting a flight attendant. Kolotygin’s behaviour threatened the safety of the flight and passengers, and the captain considered the possibility of an emergency landing in Novosibirsk. However, with the help of several passengers, including officers of the Federal Bailiff Service, the crew restrained Kolotygin and held him in his seat using improvised means until the end of the flight. On arrival at Elizovo airport, Kolotygin was handed over to police.

Flight safety is a priority for Aeroflot. Thanks to the airline’s initiative, a law has been passed to introduce changes to the Criminal Code making individuals legally liable for gross violation of public order on various modes of transport.

In September 2017, for the first time in Russian legal history, an offender was given a prison sentence for smoking on board an aircraft.

Vladimir Alexandrov, Aeroflot’s Deputy CEO for Legal and Property Matters, said:

“Current Russian legislation in this area is in line with international practice. Throughout the world individuals may be threatened with a serious fine or a real prison term for illegal conduct on board an aircraft. This law allows airlines to defend the right of their customers to a comfortable and safe flight. In addition, from June 2018 Russian airlines will legally be able to add offenders to a black-list and deny them future transportation. This legal mechanism will enable airlines and clients who have been subjected to the inappropriate behaviour of an unruly passenger to prevent repeat occurrences.”

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 2017, Aeroflot carried 32.8 million passengers (50.1 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 228 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 http://www.aeroflot.com/