Greetings from Vitaly Saveliev, General Director of PJSC "Aeroflot – Russian Airlines"
Welcome aboard this Aeroflot aircraft.
Spring has arrived, which brings a time rich in joyful and exciting events. Colours and smiles are March’s calling card.
Let our mothers and wives, sisters and daughters, all be happy and loved! We appreciate your attention and your concern, and always remember that the larger share of domestic and child-rearing duties traditionally fall on your shoulders. Please accept our sincere and heartfelt congratulations on International Women’s Day!
I am particularly pleased to be writing this because almost 12,000 employees of Aeroflot — the larger and without any doubt more impressive part of our staff — are women. Conscientious and responsible, talented and responsive, stylish and charming, they work across all parts of the company: in managerial positions, as pilots, providing ground services, and of course making your journey as comfortable as possible on board. In large part it is their hard work, day in day out, that has created Aeroflot, its potential and its business reputation.
This year we celebrate a landmark, as our company reaches its 95th anniversary. We even know its exact date of birth: 17 March 1923, when the Dobrolet Russian Voluntary Air Fleet Company was founded. Dobrolet was the predecessor of the world-famous Soviet carrier. From its very beginning, Aeroflot served the interests of our country. Pilots flew highly challenging flights using unfinished planes, often without appropriate ground support, trying honourably to accomplish the mission they had been given of connecting the regions and cities of this huge state in a single, unified transport network.
Over time, the story of our company proved inextricably linked with the life of the country. Aeroflot was at the foundation of Russian civil aviation industry, and over many decades worked to develop air transportation and mastered the new technologies developed by legendary Soviet aircraft builders. In the 21st century we are continuing these traditions. In 2011 we began operating the new Russian-built regional aircraft, the SSJ 100, and in the next few years will increase the number of this aircraft type in our fleet to 50.
Soon our fleet will welcome another addition — the latest Russian-built aircraft, which utilizes cutting-edge technology in its design and construction. In 2020 Aeroflot’s first MC-21 will take to the skies, and by 2026 Aeroflot will operate up to 50 of these aircraft on both domestic and international routes.
In view of the company’s plans to continue developing as a leader in terms of digitalisation, the new aircraft will be equipped to offer WiFi internet access from day one.
This month also sees another notable event, with the presidential election taking place on 18 March. The vote will set the country’s course for the next several years. I believe that everyone with an interest in the future of our nation will go to the voting booth and make their choice in favour of a strong and dynamically developing Russia.
We need a country where every person is able to apply their talents; a country in which people want to live and make the world around them better; a country that we are not ashamed to pass on to our children. I am convinced that together we can achieve these goals.
Fly Aeroflot — the airline that is proud of its rich heritage and looks ahead to the future!
Aeroflot – Russian Airlines
On March, 1923 the open joint-stock company Dobrolyet (Russian Society for Voluntary Air Fleet) was established. The main goal of this commercial organisation was to develop civil aviation in the country to boost the national economy. Aeroflot, the successor of Dobrolyet, regards this year as its first birthday. 2018 is a big year for the company as Aeroflot is celebrating 95th anniversary — that’s five years short of a century! February also sees Russia rejoice in Maslenitsa celebrated during the last week before Great Lent — which means loads of bliny and loads of traditional rituals and partying. The thought alone of traversing the jaw-dropping Manpupunyor Plateau rock formations in the Komi Republic is enough to work off those pancakes, luckily we go there for you. We also look at the man behind The Method, Konstantin Stanislavsky, and trace the patterns of magnificent Vologda lace.
Defender of The Fatherland Day takes places on February 23 so prepare for parades in honour of veterans through the Russian cities and capitals. There’s also International Women’s Day to look forward to on March 8, the holiday when Russian beauties hit the town and look even more stunning.
Celebrate the new spring and discover Russia with Aeroflot!
AEROFLOT – February 2018 - March 2018 (PDF file)
In the March 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 Svetlana Ustinova reveals what kind of responsibility comes with a run of good luck, musician Artyom Dervoed explains why some modern composers create music exclusively for him, and director Alexey German Jr. speaks about his new film “Dovlatov”, which chronicles a few days in the life of the cult author.
Our Travel section will explain why you’d want to go to an old mining town deep in the woods of Norway, where you can find the Land's End and how you can catch the awakened Sleeping Beauty on your way there, as well as what delicacies you can treat yourself to during the breaks between heli-skiing sessions in Kamchatka, not to mention which traditional Spanish holiday you should opt for if you’d like to see a truly large-scale spectacle.
In the run-up to the most important sports event of the year, we keep on featuring the Russian cities that will be stricken by football fever this summer. This time, we are proud to present our mini-guides to Nizhny Novgorod, Kaliningrad, and Ekaterinburg, that are all preparing to host matches of the FIFA World Cup.
Ingredients are everything: Moscow’s restaurateurs are increasingly relying on in-house food production and are setting up farms, cheese dairies, and sausage-making shops. Meanwhile, they revive old varieties of garlic, raise Nubian goats, and try proving that a hot dog can make for a gourmet meal, too.
or our Reading section, we’ve picked an excerpt from the memoirs of Azari Plisetsky, describing the unforgettable years this outstanding dancer, ballet teacher, and choreographer spent in Cuba as he was creating a ballet school there, working side-by-side with Alicia Alonso and occasionally crossing paths with Fidel Castro.
Aeroflot – March 2018 (PDF file)
Long Live March: drip of thaw, streams, the sun, a short but meaningful spring break, and the anticipation of spring. Our loyal passengers correctly noted that the latest issue of Aeroflot Premium looks out of the ordinary. Instead of a laconic cover, our readers are welcomed by three lovely flight attendants of the Best Airline of Eastern Europe, as well as the national carrier of Russia, which celebrates its 90th anniversary this year. We’ve dedicated exclusive material to this special event called “95 years in the sky” recounting the foundation, as well as victories of Aeroflot, through the posters of the best artists and graphic designers of the 20th Century.
As always, Aeroflot Premium presents a selection of the most interesting and anticipated events of the month, like hotel reviews, restaurant premiers, reviews of new automotive models, the latest gadgets, invaluable books, as well as the best jewelry and fashion brands. Among February’s exclusive material — a photo diary of the gastronomic festival Ikra and the culinary glossary of Georgian cuisine.
For admirers of slow reading and long-haul flights, we offer dedicated materials for reading: the rubric “Science” — three questions about quantum bonds, the biography of the Russian Enlightenment thinker and creator of the non-Euclidean geometry, Nikolai Ivanovich Lobachevsky and excerpts of a new book by art historian and executive director of the Sotherby’s auction house Philip Hook, called “Rogues’ Gallery”.
Editorial material and columns in English await foreign readers of Aeroflot Premium.
Aeroflot Premium – March 2018 (PDF file)
The March issue of Aeroflot STYLE looks at how spring is changing our lives for the better and, of course, at principal trends in the world of fashion and beauty. The new season’s favorite colour is pink, which we shall be savouring in depth in this issue. The most notable trends this month include transparent clothing (best combined with dense fabrics) and lavish floral dresses and skirts in homage to Marie Antoinette. Buyers at and owners of the leading boutiques in Moscow will share with us what people are going to be wearing in the new season and where to go to buy it.
This month’s Beauty section also investigates trends for the new season. Exaggeratedly elongated eyelids, smudged lips, and “naked” make up are only a few of the trends highlighted by our guide. Our feature investigates the benefits of pre- and probiotics, extensive use of which is made in today’s beauty industry.
Our main personalities for this month include Claire Foy (star of The Crown), Greta Gerwig (actress, film director, and principal icon for millennial filmgoers), and Rosita Missoni (founder of the Missoni fashion house, an incredibly bright and multi-faceted personality).
This month’s Lifestyle takes thought for your wellness. We survey the most interesting spa centres with top beauty menus and the beauty salons with the most impressive interior-design projects from all over the world.
Aeroflot Style – March 2018 (PDF file)