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Company News

16 December 2005

Aeroflot Opens General Representation In Czech Republic And Slovakia (Location: Prague)

Aeroflot – Russian Airlines, JSC opens a general representative office in Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Regular services to Prague started in 1945, on the basis of a temporary agreement. The intergovernmental agreement of February 28, 1955 provided a legal basis for direct air services to the Czech Republic: Aeroflot and CSA started regular operation of agreed routes Moscow – Prague – Moscow and Kyiv – Lvov – Bratislava – Prague, providing Moscow and Kyiv with regular air services to the Czech Republic. 12 October, 1956 the first passenger service on route Moscow – Prague – Moscow operated the first ever jet aircraft Tu-104.

Currently, the daily service to Prague operates aircraft А320 (SU141/142): departure from Moscow at 9.00 a.m., arrival in Prague at 10.00 a.m. (local time). On Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, Aeroflot provides additional evening flight on А319 (SU143/144), departure from Moscow at 7.00 p.m., arrival in Prague at 7.30 p.m. (local time).

In 2004, flight Moscow – Prague – Moscow carried 104,223 passengers, while over 103,000 passengers were carried in January – October of 2005.

Service standard has been updated for business class passengers as part of the company’s rebranding and passenger service enhancement strategy adopted for route Moscow – Prague for year 2005.

The current seasonal service network and flights schedule of Aeroflot provide improved transit, reduced waiting times in terminals Sheremetyevo-1 and Sheremetyevo-2, increasing service for the most popular destinations. Employing the company’s own resources as well as the opportunities of its partners’ networks, Aeroflot offers new services to Europe, America, Asia and Africa via Moscow. The carrier entering the Sky Team carriers alliance and the new Sheremetyevo-3 terminal launched into operation, the passengers will enjoy a wider choice of destinations and a higher quality airport service.

In winter 2005/2006, Aeroflot will operate flights to 45 countries internationally, including 6 CIS countries, landing in 82 airports including 56 airports abroad, 8 in the CIS and 23 in Russia.

The general representation of Aeroflot, headed by Viktor Parkhimovich, is located at Truhlarska 5, Prague 1.

Aeroflot Russian Airlines, JSC (RTS AFLT), the largest Russian carrier with 51% owned by the government, was established in 1923.The company controls over 11% of the local shorthaul, and 39% of international operation in Russia. The company cited RUR6330.143 million net profit last year (US$219 million). Aeroflot is member of 25 top global carriers (ATV version), passenger loads reaching 6.862 million people in 2004. The company has 90 aircrafts, its main office is based in Moscow, Sheremetyevo airport, and the company plans to open its own terminal (Sheremetyevo - 3) by 2007. For detailed information visit the company’s web sites: www.aeroflot.ru, www.aeroflotbonus.ru.