Greetings from Vitaly Saveliev, General Director of PJSC "Aeroflot – Russian Airlines"
Welcome aboard this Aeroflot aircraft.
In Russia, May is a time of warmth, sincerity, and joy. In the coming days, as we mark the anniversary of the end of the Great Patriotic War, we remember all those who defended our country and brought peace to Europe.
From the very first days of the war, civil aviation pilots enlisted to defend their homeland. Aeroflot pilots fought in the skies above Moscow and Minsk, Kursk and Stalingrad; they carried out raids behind enemy lines, supplied guerrilla units with ammunition, delivered food to besieged Leningrad, and flew aircraft supplied under the lend-lease policy along the Alaska-Siberia route.
By August 1941, the 81st Air Division had been formed from the wider Civil Air Fleet — the first of four such military units created during the Second World War.
Our pilots demonstrated strength, heroism, and outstanding courage. They took part in the main battles of the Second World War, providing ammunition to our troops in Sevastopol, evacuating the wounded from the Kursk salient, engaging in aerial reconnaissance during the defence of the Caucasus, and bombing enemy positions before the start of the Vistula-Oder offensive. It was pilots from Aeroflot who had the great honour of delivering the German Instrument of Surrender from Berlin to Moscow in May 1945.
The 3rd Air Division of the Civil Air Fleet was awarded the Order of the Red Banner for military merit. The 62nd Regiment of the Civil Air Fleet was awarded the elite Guards status after displaying great heroism in the Battle of Stalingrad. Today, a copy of the banner of this legendary unit is displayed in the Aeroflot — museum.
Throughout the exhausting struggle for victory, the Aeroflot pilots fulfilled their duty to the end. Fifteen Aeroflot employees were awarded the highest title of Hero of the Soviet Union — a sign of appreciation for their contribution to defeating Nazism and defending their homeland. They were: Aleksandr Gruzdin, Dmitry Yezersky, Petr Yeromasov, Pavel Kashuba, Boris Kalinkin, Boris Lakhtin, Pavel Mikhailov, Vladimir Pavlov, Feofan Radugin, Ivan Ryshkov, Grigory Taran, Semion Frolovsky, Aleksandr Shornikov, Vasily Shipilov, and Pavel Yakimov.
Almost 6,000 civil aviation workers did not return from the front. We will always remember their acts of bravery; indeed, many of our aircraft carry the names of those who fought in the War.
Paying tribute to the strength and bravery of those who fought against fascism, Aeroflot is providing free tickets to veterans of the Second World War from 3-12 May. When we began this campaign in 2001, we were the first Russian carrier to do so. Now it has become a well-established tradition, allowing veterans to meet with fellow soldiers, friends, and relatives living throughout our huge country — and beyond.
As usual, Aeroflot will pay the cost of the tickets, as well as all taxes and other fees. Around 80,000 people have taken part in this special transportation campaign over the past 17 years, and veterans of the Second World War will always be welcome and honoured guests aboard our aircraft.
I wish you all a Happy Victory Day!
To fly with Aeroflot is to fly with an airline that remembers the past and looks to the future.
As always, I welcome your suggestions and comments by email at email@example.com.
Aeroflot – Russian Airlines
Poppies glow crimson, bells tinkle, cornflowers gleam blue as the summer sky, and delicate daisies open up towards the sun on the cover of the new spring issue of Aeroflot’s in-flight magazine. The Zhostovo bouquet is enormous, luxuriant, festive, and does not resemble a real Russian garden, but it conveys the full imaginative powers of the craftsman behind it. The flowers on the famous Zhostovo trays are not real, but treasures of the Garden of Eden, which shine like jewels and live for eternity. This issue’s main feature is about the amazing story of Zhostovo folk art.
This spring, Aeroflot also offers readers the chance to discover Russia’s most stunning beaches, travel to places full of adventure, like Kamchatka, Lake Baikal, and the Putorana Plateau, sample Russian grain dishes, and learn about the most unusual souvenirs, which one may bring home from Russia.
Discover Russia with Aeroflot!
AEROFLOT – April 2018 - May 2018 (PDF file)
In the May issue of Aeroflot magazine we will tell our readers about the most interesting sporting and cultural events of the upcoming month, as well as new books and films. Actress Darya Moroz will share the story behind her playing Baron Tuzenbach in the new "Three Sisters" production at the Moscow Art Theater, director Dmitry Chernyakov will explain why each of us needs opera, while the Tretyakov Gallery director Zelfira Tregulova will reveal the nearest plans of one of Russia’s major museums.
Materials in the Travel section will help you understand what distinguishes the Greek islands of Chios and Samos from each other, choose interesting sightseeing tours at the Costa Brava, find the most exciting of recently opened museums worldwide, and plan a voyage to versatile Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and cinematic Hong Kong. Among other travel destinations we’re reviewing before the vacation season kicks off is fascinating Altai, frozen in time Khiva, hilly atmospheric Zagreb, and ancient Armenia. Meanwhile, prominent residents of St. Petersburg will share their favorite spots in the city, which is getting ready to host the FIFA World Cup games.
A bar that’s always kept at — 15°C, dishes from classic Russian novels, correct handling of a traditional Russian oven, steamed bear meat, and dozens of kinds of caviar: variations on the Russian cuisine encountered in Moscow restaurants manage to amaze tourists and natives alike.
Noticing the world’s beauty, keeping your thoughts in order and enjoying the small things are all pillars of Japanese philosophy. Find out if you’re ready to embrace it by reading an excerpt from Ken Mogi’s "The Little Book of Ikigai" that we’re publishing this month.
Aeroflot – May 2018 (PDF file)
Some travellers plan their holidays six months in advance. It may be that the gentleman in the next chair is now off on a well-designed trip with maps loaded in his tablet and a list of sights and the best restaurants. He will be interesting and knowledgeable to talk to. Other travellers are more get-up-and-go, buying tickets at the last minute, already on the way to the airport for a spur-of-the-moment weekend, without any clear plans, but open to learning new things. Probably the young man with a backpack, running into the cabin, the last of a bunch. And both of these travellers will have a pleasant flight and enjoy what they read en route.
The May issue of Aeroflot Premium brings you a selection of the most interesting and hotly anticipated events of the month - hotel news, restaurant openings, what’s new in the world of cars, up-to-the-minute gadgets, important books, and the best jewellery and fashion brands. Among this month’s special features are a retrospective of the most exciting moments in the history of the World Cup and a photo documentary of the Best of Russia jubilee art project.
For fans of slow reading and long-distance flights, we offer you the following: a science feature on three questions about the transport of the future; a biography of Russian surgeon and respected doctor Nikolai Pirogov; and an excerpt from a new book by the biologist and popular science writer Thor Hanson, on the evolution of plants and their role in the development of civilisations.
Aeroflot Premium – May 2018 (PDF file)
This month, we investigate all aspects of the wedding celebration. Here you’ll find a selection of wedding dresses by famous designers, the latest trends in wedding make up, a choice of engagement and wedding rings, and the best hotels for honeymoons.
Our Fashion section for May looks at the latest trends in this year’s spring collections: pastel colours, polka-dot patterns, fringes, and eco-knitwear. We look particularly closely at the trend for sportswear, a style which is now acceptable even in the office. And in our Expert section young Paris luminary Glenn Martens raises the curtain to give us a glimpse of the latest happenings in fashion.
In this month’s Beauty section we test the scents of the new season, mascara for eyelashes, and styling products that you can use to create a trendy beach look. Our feature looks at how to cleanse your skin without making the kind of mistake you’ll later regret.
This month’s main personalities include Amanda Seyfried, the singer Lorde, and perfumer Alberto Morillas.
Finally, our choice of travel destinations for this month includes Stockholm (for its outstanding design) Dubai (for its great shopping) and Cappadocia (for the excitement of flying in a hot-air balloon).
Aeroflot Style – May 2018 (PDF file)