As of today, Japanese flight attendants will join the Russian crew for Moscow-Tokyo-Moscow services of Aeroflot.
A competition organised in Tokyo, with almost 200 applicants taking part, helped select 10 candidates, a man and nine girls, who demonstrated good level of English competence and industry-specific knowledge, and, besides, had been previously employed by other major airlines.
Given the popularity of Aeroflot flights among the Japanese customers, Japanese personnel will help enhance the services quality and create a comfortable environment for this passenger category, said Igor Chunikhin, Head of the Onboard service unit. Passengers flying to Tokyo are offered the Aurora magazine and other information materials in Japanese; they also can choose the Japanese food served on board. The Japanese service has been the first to operate the new Aeroflot service programme for business class offering restaurant service and multimedia centres “DigEplayers”. Tokyo services operate two-class configuration Â767 equipped with cocoon-style sleeper seats. The first flight attendants appeared on board of Aeroflot in 1933: their functions included preparation for the flight, cleaning of the cabin, stowing of luggage.
Aeroflot currently employs 2737 flight attendants and 76 instructors.
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.