Aeroflot was awarded the “Wings of Russia-99” prize in the categories “Airline of the Year - Passenger Carrier on Domestic Routes” and “Airline of the Year - Carrier on International Routes”.
In April Aeroflot launched its Bonus Programme for frequent flyers.
Aeroflot’s Air Technical Centre started independent servicing of Boeing 737s, including C-check maintenance.
In September Aeroflot banned smoking on more than 30 flights under two hours to cities in Russia, the CIS and the Baltic countries, and some cities in Europe.
On November 18 Aeroflot carried its millionth passenger on domestic routes (Moscow-Volgograd).
On November 24 an А310 pilot simulator was put into operation.
On November 25 Aeroflot carried its four-millionth passenger on international airlines (Moscow - Prague).
On December 10 Aeroflot held its “Smile Day” promotion for the first time.
On December 10 Aeroflot’s main website (www.aeroflot.ru) was launched.
For the first time, Aeroflot was awarded the “Wings of Russia-98” prize in the categories ”Airline of the Year - Passenger Carrier on Domestic Routes” and “Airline of the Year - Freight Carrier on Domestic and International Routes”.
The Transport Management Institute (UK) recognized Aeroflot’s Luxemburg-Moscow-Tokyo route as the best freight connection of 1998 between Europe and Japan.
CJSC Aeromar, an onboard catering company (a joint enterprise with Aeroflot), was awarded the Delta Airlines Company Diploma as the best onboard caterer of the year servicing Delta flights outside the USA.
Aeroflot won third place among Russian airline companies by volume of carriage in Russia and the CIS.
152 aircraft commanders were trained and started working; 268 pilots were retrained for new aircraft types.
11 new aircraft produced by Boeing and Airbus Industry were put in operation.
Delta Airlines Company experts carried out a technological audit of the Company and confirmed Aeroflot’s high level of carriage and passenger services according to international standards.
A contract was signed for the delivery of 10 new Boeing 737-400s.
In April Aeroflot opened a new office in Khabarovsk.
On May 30 Aeroflot Russian International Airlines held its annual shareholders. Valery Okulov was elected as the Company’s Director General.
In May Aeroflot received a Maintenance Certificate for its Litton inertial navigation systems.
Charter flights commenced to Toronto.
On July 1 the first freight flight on the Luxemburg-Moscow-Tokyo-Moscow- Frankfurt am Main route was completed.
In August an agreement with Air France on strategic alliance in the sphere of passenger carriage, aircraft maintenance, personnel training and other areas was concluded.
Flights commenced to Rostov-on-Don, Murmansk, Bryansk, Vladivostok, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatski, Kaliningrad, Naryan-Mar, Dnepropetrovsk, Bishkek, Chimkent and Tallinn.
International flights commenced on the Novosibirsk - Hanover, Vladivostok - Seattle - Anchorage, Moscow - Bryansk - Istambul - Bryansk - Burgas, Moscow - Saint Petersburg - New York, and Vladivostok - Bangkok – Singapore routes.
Flights commenced to health resorts on the Moscow - Faro, Moscow - Tivat - Belgrade, Moscow - Monastir, and Moscow - Salzburg routes.
A contract with Finnair was signed to introduce a new regular flight between Moscow and Helsinki.
A leasing contract was signed for two Boeing 777-200s .
The Aeroflot-Garant private pension fund was established.
In 1997 Aeroflot carried 3,904,100 passengers and 92,200 tons of post and freight.
Aeroflot added four new А310-300s to its fleet.
Flights commenced on the Moscow - Dubai - Seychelles - Mauritius, and Moscow - Shannon - Miami - Cancun routes.
In April a contract was signed with Ilyushin Aircomplex and Voronezh Aircraft Construction Company for the delivery of 20 Il-96М/Т aircraft with Pratt & Whitney engines and Collins avionics.
Aeroflot and fellow Russian airline Transaero signed a memorandum of cooperation.
On June 28 PJSC Aeroflot held its first shareholders meeting.
A new helpline was set up to provide feedback between Aeroflot’s customers and its top management in Moscow by telephone
A new service was introduced for passengers— registration of all departure documents for citizens of Russia, and registration of visas and invitations to Russia for foreign citizens.
Throughout the year, Aerflot flew to 94 countries around the world with commercial and technical stopovers at 147 points.
3,812,000 passengers and 90,100 tons of post and freight were carried.
In March non-stop flights to New York commenced by Boeing 767.
In April the new Khabarovsk- Aomori, and Vladivostok - Toyama routes were opened.
On April 27 the first Paris - Moscow - Osaka flight was made by an A310.
In May Aeroflot joined the Russian Aviation Consortium, a financial and industrial group, responsible for the construction of Tu-204 aircraft and Tu-230 and Tu-330 freight carriers.
New Tu-204S freight carrier flights started on the Moscow-Bangkok route.
The first flight was made underthe Company’s hub programme to transport passengers from CIS and Baltic countries to North, Central and South America via Shannon (Ireland).
The new Moscow - Nice route was opened. On August 14 the first regular flight from Moscow to Peking was made by A310.
In October the DC-10-30F wide-body freight carrier commenced flights on the Moscow - Seoul and Moscow - Frankfurt am Main routes.
Flights commenced on the Moscow - Bratislava - Shannon, and Ulan Ude - Ulan Bator routes.
In November regular non-stop flights began on the Moscow - Los Angeles route by Il-96-300.
The first flight from Moscow to Novosibirsk was made by Il-62.
Flights commenced to Saint Petersburg, Khabarovsk, Alma-Ata, Yakutsk, and Nerungri.
In 1995 Aeroflot made flights to 102 countries across the world with commercial and technical stopovers at 146 points. The Company’s own fleet carried approximately 3.5 million passengers and over 70,000 tons of post and freight.
On April 12, by Decree No. 314 of the Russian Government, AeroflotRussian International Airlines’ Articles of Association were approved.
On May 27 flights by Il-96-300 started between Moscow and San Francisco.
In September Aeroflot carried 569,300 passengers, up against the previous year by 15.2%.
On October 1 the first flight on the Moscow - Frankfurt am Main route was made by an Aeroflot Boeing 767.
On October 3 regular flights commenced from Moscow to New York by Boeing 767.
On July 28 Aeroflot Russian International Airlines was established by Decree of the Russian Government “On the establishment of international air communications for the Russian Federation”.
After the collapse of the USSR, the declaration of Russia’s sovereignty, Aeroflot became one of several hundreds of companies and industrial associations in the field of civil aviation.
In June Aeroflot Soviet Airlines Industrial Commercial Association was established.
Regular flights commenced to North and South America (New York, Washington, Buenos Aires, San Salvador and other cities) by Il-86.