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Greetings from Vitaly Saveliev, General Director of PJSC "Aeroflot – Russian Airlines"
Welcome aboard this Aeroflot aircraft.
On May 9, Russia celebrates Victory Day, marking the end of the Great Patriotic War. This is an iconic day for all Russians, and one that is important to everyone who values peace, freedom and human life.
For the past 74 years, this day has reminded us of the unprecedented sacrifices made by the Soviet people. It is a day to mourn the victims and celebrate the resilience of those who saved our world from the horrors of Nazism.
Victory Day is also an important milestone in the almost century-long history of Aeroflot. After the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, the civil air fleet switched over to supporting the Red Army. In August of that year, the 81st long-range aviation division, which included civilian pilots, launched retaliatory raids on Berlin. Aeroflot pilots fought on all fronts and were involved in challenging combat missions. Civil aviation pilots were trusted to provide the besieged Leningrad with food, arms and ammunition every day, and to transport women and children out of the city. Aeroflot pilots also fought in the largest confrontation of the Second World War – the Battle of Stalingrad.
During the war, Aeroflot pilots carried over 2.3 million soldiers and around 280,000 tonnes of military and strategically important cargo. They also flew some 8,000 combat and transport aircraft from Alaska to Siberia under the lend-lease system.
On May 9, 1945, an Li-2 transport aircraft commanded by the civil aviation pilot Alexey Semenkov delivered the German Instrument of Surrender to Moscow, officially bringing the war to an end. Fifteen civilian pilots who served on the front were awarded Hero of the Soviet Union, the highest distinction for their courage and heroism.
We are forever in debt to those who fought for the Victory for our sake. Aeroflot honours and wholeheartedly supports participants of the Great Patriotic War. Every year Aeroflot offers free tickets to its veterans and survivors, to former children who were held in prison camps and to those travelling with them. Since 2001, more than 90,000 people have benefited from this offer.
For us, the victory is not just about remembrance. It is also part of our mission today. We pay homage to this historical landmark in the name of Aeroflot Group’s low-cost carrier, “Pobeda”, the Russian word for “Victory”. Today, Pobeda offers unprecedentedly low fares, enjoys high demand and is one of the key drivers of Aeroflot Group’s growth.
I believe that we have many new achievements ahead of us, as set out in our new strategy through 2023. Its name speaks for itself: “100 Million Passengers by Our 100th Anniversary”.
We are always happy to share our achievements with you – including an extensive route network with convenient transit options, a young and efficient fleet and new services using the latest digital technologies.
Congratulations on Great Victory Day.
Fly with Aeroflot – the airline that knows how to achieve success.
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Aeroflot – Russian Airlines
The heart of the Russian man is laden with song: folksy, hearty, maternal, full of thoughts and heroic worries, tenderness and longing – love. The song as a continuation of breath, the song as an expression of the most secret feelings and hopes. In spring, the Russian song takes on a special sound. And so our latest issue of Aeroflot magazine for foreign passengers turned out to be very melodic. Listen closely: in the lilac gardens of Suzdal a Nightingale warbles, over the Tuvan steppe can be heard the throat singing shamans and elders, over the Volga, captured by the artist Ilya Repin, thunders Dubinushka and in festive Moscow, welcoming the main parade on Red Square, a victorious “Hurrah!” bursts from the crowd three times.
Discover the songs of Russia together with Aeroflot!
AEROFLOT – April - May 2019 (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.
Director Viktor Ryzhakov explains why he considers theater a place of endless self-improvement for a person; editor and publisher Elena Shubina explains how the future classics of Russian literature are made; and director Alexander Molochnikov reveals why he holds his opera rehearsals in accordance with the rules of soccer.
The Travel section will help you plan a trip to the ever diverse city of Helsinki, find amazing heights – and depths – in Slovenia, feel like a character of Greek mythology on the island of Crete, and realize why the Norwegians are ranked as the world’s second happiest nation by exploring the rainiest place in Europe. But wait, there’s more: a wonderful gift for the beginning of the White Nights season from the residents of Saint Petersburg who shared some insider knowledge on how to see their favorite city in all its glory – and from a different perspective. And for those who feel drawn to the mysterious East, we have prepared a mini guide to Chiang Mai and its shiny golden temples, and a breathtaking report from the tea plant-covered Chinese province of Zhejiang where they dance ballet on the smooth surface of a lake and master calligraphy by watching geese.
The creator of Depo.Moskva, a huge Moscow food court, had to personally take part in over 400 tasting sessions to pick the most interesting projects representing the world’s best cuisines for this new landmark on the city’s map. Read our review to find out which of them are not to miss.
This month's Reading section features an excerpt from "The Siege Days" by Elena Zelinskaya and Vladislav Glinka – a book that dwells on the most terrifying episodes of the Great Patriotic War that must never be forgotten.
Aeroflot – May 2019 (PDF file)
Plans for the May holidays are as just as important as those for Christmas: we pour over our travel itineraries, check restaurant ratings and museum schedules, pre-book theatre tickets and the finest rooms in the hotels opened before the season begins. We are enveloped by the authentic excitement of travellers, discoverers who know that making fresh tracks will always be the best cure for fatigue.
The new issue of Aeroflot Premium contains a selection of the most interesting and anticipated events of the month, news from the world of art and gastronomy, motoring innovations, the latest gadgets, noteworthy books and watches from famous brands. The articles in this issue are fuel for the imagination: the taste of travel – a gastronomic exploration of Osaka; the salt spray from the Belgian coast and the unconventional art collection of Flanders in the Weekend section; a photo report of the lilac clouds over the lavender fields of Bulgaria; the scorching wind of the Prairies and the return of the Western genre in the Art section.
And if you will be with us in Moscow, then spend May 9 with a trip to Red Square, fireworks and the indescribable feeling of a great holiday – Victory Day.
Aeroflot Premium – May 2019 (PDF file)
The May issue of Aeroflot STYLE is all about big and beautiful weddings!
This month’s main feature looks at all the main aspects of the big event. We pick out wedding dresses by famous designers, review the last trends in wedding make up, and survey wedding and engagement rings and the best honeymoon hotels.
‘Fashion’ examines themes for spring collections – silk dresses with Asiatic motifs, pin-on roses, shirt dresses, and pieces made from lace with perforations. We also take a look at travel accessories and suitcases (what used to be travel essentials are now rapidly turning into smart gadgets).
In our Beauty section we test the new fragrance by Yohji Yamamoto as well as hair-styling products and moisturizing creams for the face. And we take advice from the experts on how to get our bodies into shape for the summer and on whether interval fitness training can help with this.
This month’s main personalities are the actress Margot Robbie, British singer Freya Ridings, and top model Irina Shayk.
Our favourite travel destinations for May are Stockholm (for outstanding design), Lake Garda (for its unearthly beauty), and the Maldives (for the ideal honeymoon).
Aeroflot Style – May 2019 (PDF file)