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Greetings from Vitaly Saveliev, General Director of PJSC "Aeroflot – Russian Airlines"
I would like to welcome you aboard this Aeroflot aircraft and wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Traditionally we spend the first days of the New Year together with our family and friends. I hope that the spirit of the festive season remains with you for the whole year, and that 2019 will bring you many pleasant reasons to fly with Aeroflot, Russia’s largest airline.
We continue to strengthen our position among the world’s leading airline groups. This year was no exception – Aeroflot has reaffirmed its position among the world’s 20 leading airlines, according to two authoritative global aviation publications, Flight Airline Business and Air Transport World. In 2018, Aeroflot Group carried almost 56 million passengers, cementing its return to the top tier of global aviation.
We have achieved our strategic goals for 2025 ahead of schedule, and have now set ourselves even more ambitious targets. We plan to increase the Group’s passenger traffic to 100 million by 2023, when Aeroflot celebrates its centenary. One of the keys to our success is the support and loyalty of our passengers and experts.
We have achieved the strategic goals we set for 2025 ahead of schedule. After an almost 30-year break, Aeroflot officially regained its position among the elite of the global aviation industry by becoming one of Europe’s top five legacy carriers and ranking among the global top 20 by passenger numbers. By the end of 2018, Aeroflot Group is expected to carry almost 56 million passengers, strengthening its position among the leading players in the international market.
Shortly before the New Year, Aeroflot won two World Travel Awards, known as the “Oscars of the travel industry”. The awards are given every year to leading tour operators, hotels, and airlines. Winners are decided by an online vote involving hundreds of thousands of travel professionals and millions of travellers. Key criteria are product quality and quality of service. This year the jury gave us first place in two categories. Aroflot maintained its status as the number one brand in global aviation for a second year in a row. We also took the World’s Leading Airline – Business Class category for the first time leaving some of the elite trendsetters behind.
This well-deserved award proves that all our efforts are paying off. Aeroflot has once again confirmed its 4-Star Airline rating by Skytrax and 5-Star Global Airline status in APEX’s Official Airline Ratings, and was named world’s strongest airline brand by Brand Finance for the second year in a row.
We won two categories at the prestigious Skytrax World Airline Awards – Best Airline in Eastern Europe and Best Premium Economy Onboard Catering.
Our accolades also include four awards from TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award and the first ever Business Traveller UK Reader Award, in the Best Airline in Eastern Europe category. Another important achievement was Aeroflot’s recognition as China’s Favourite International Airline for the second consecutive year at the Flyer Award Ceremony 2018.
This year we will continue to open new routes as well as improve our customer service and comfort. Soon almost all our aircraft will have onboard internet access. Today this service is already available on our long-haul aircraft. We plan to introduce it on all Airbus A320 family aircraft which make up the largest segment of our fleet. This ambitious project is in line with our strategic goal of increasing the level of the company’s digitalisation.
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Aeroflot – Russian Airlines
While the rest of the world is bracing for winter, Russia is preparing to embrace the snow, frost, and everything that comes with the cold season. So many of the country’s traditions were forged in the ice and like the permafrost of Siberia they remain, including the banya and skating on Lake Baikal – which you can read about in this edition’s Best of Russia. And while we’re on the subject of tradition, no one understands the importance of heritage more than the Hermitage’s director Mikhail Piotrovsky, who continues to fight for cultural independence.
We wish all your travel dreams for the New Year come true.
AEROFLOT – December 2018 - January 2019 (PDF file)
In the January 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 Alexei Frandetti reveals why he likes producing musicals so much and how a fall from a piece of scenery helped him find his true calling, while young actress Maria Melnikova shares her experience of starring in "Saving Leningrad", a historical drama that retraces a tragic – and, until recently, classified – episode from the Eastern Front of WW2.
The Travel Section will discuss what makes the ever-dignified Lech stand out from the crowd of all the other postcard-worthy Austrian ski resorts and which other kinds of entertainment apart from skiing can be found in Elbrus, Dombay and Arkhyz; how Udaipur managed to earn the title of India’s most scenic place; when the best time is to go to Mauritius if you want to catch a shark; whether it is worth trying to bring some fish sauce from the Vietnamese island of Phú Quốc; and which movies you should rewatch before setting off for Shanghai. In our ‘Locals Only’, we are giving the word to Canarians, and they will seize the occasion to tell you what's so good about "No Sleep Stories", what camels are busy with among the moon landscapes of Lanzarote, and when to bring out white fans and lace parasols on La Palma.
Sharptoothed round buns, lollipop-shaped chicken patties, and desserts that can literally look into your soul: in order to really see the extent of Moscow restauranteurs’ creativeness, you definitely have to visit one of the city’s eateries that have special menus for younger gourmets. Discover the most interesting projects in our column.
Our Reading Section features an excerpt from "My Switzerland" by Maria Scholl which will reveal some particularities of the daily life in that country – you’ll find out who exactly the bünzli are, what is the proper way to throw confetti at a carnival, what is taught at the school of Swiss fishers, and why
Aeroflot – January 2019 (PDF file)
The time of Christmas holidays is always the best, the most carefree and anticipated. 2019 is just starting and ahead of us there are travels, discoveries, big plans, and true happiness that we want to share with the dearest people.
Traditionally Aeroflot Premium's January issue appears on board on the first day of the year and puts the travellers into snow mode. The issue has a selection of the most interesting and anticipated events of the holiday month, new hotels and restaurants, car premieres, relevant gadgets, noteworthy books, the best timepieces, and most promising development projects of Moscow region.
The issue's hero, curator, gallerist, and philanthropist Kristina Krasnyanskaya, answered our questions about her new art initiatives in Grece.
In the Travel section: snow routes for fans of alpine skiing in the Best of the Best section; lesser known Iceland without Blue Lagoon; mesmerising reportage shooting of kite-surfing pass between Mauritius and Reunion islands.
Fans of slow reading on long-haul flights can enjoy the following Science, People of Russia and Reading sections.
Aeroflot Premium's English-speaking readers can enjoy translations of the articles and editorials.
Aeroflot Premium – January 2019 (PDF file)
Aeroflot STYLE greets the first month of 2019 with all guns blazing.
This month’s trend is futurism in all its various manifestations. Bright knitted helmets, silvery sheepskin coats, glittery puffer jackets, and comfortable fur-lined shoes is how designers see us in the future. Jewellers take a more traditional approach, offering us jewellery with black-and-white precious stones, drop-like earrings made from white gold and diamonds, and bracelets made from pink gold.
This month we have a new section, called ‘Fashion. Luggage’. We’ll be looking at how to put together a wardrobe to go travelling with and what to put in your suitcase if you’re heading for a holiday in the mountains, on the beach, or in the city. We continue our holiday theme with an analytical survey of trendy cruise collections.
This issue’s principal personality is Emily Blunt (Emily from The Devil Wears Prada), who recently appeared as Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins Returns. Other ‘guests’ for our January issue include the Norwegian singer Sigrid and Ernő Rubrik, creator of the famous cube. Our Lifestyle section looks at a new type of museum and art objects by interior designers. Readers can also look forward to a grand journey from Paris to London and a guide to hotels in Dubai, the Maldives, and on Bali.
Aeroflot Style – January 2019 (PDF file)