February 18, 2011, Moscow– Aeroflot starts a regular program for reduction of fares for socially important flights within Russia. A number of destinations are set in Russia for which quotas of discount tickets will be allocated. Those passengers who could not afford purchasing a full-price ticket can now make a required flight within the country.
The main goal of reducing the fares is to enhance the social component in the policy of the leading Russian carrier, improve transport communications with remote Russian regions, and make air travels more affordable and attractive for Russia’s residents. These measures became possible owing to an unmatched growth of Aeroflot’s production and financial indicators in the previous year.
The program especially focuses on the cities located in the Russian Far East (Vladivostok, Khabarovsk, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk). For this region, the program will remain in effect during almost the entire winter season. For example, before the discount rate was introduced, the minimum cost of the return ticket to/from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky was 15,000 rubles and now it is 10,000 rubles. Thus, flights to/from the Russian Far East can be made under discount rates around the year since, beginning the summer season, the government program of subsidies for uplifts of residents of this region comes in effect.
Reduced rates (within allocated quotas) are also effective for flights connecting Kaliningrad and Moscow. Prior to introduction of the special fare, the cost of the return ticket to/from Kaliningrad was 3,500 rubles and now it is only 2,500 rubles. During the winter season, the program will also cover some cities in the Ural region. Direct flights from Siberia to Southern regions of Russia are of great importance.
Aeroflot is extending and improving the practice of discount sales. Beginning 2010, special Web fares have been introduced that are only effective if the ticket is purchased on Aeroflot’s Web site or on Web sites of major agencies. Any customer having access to the Internet, who wishes to timely organize his/her trip, can now purchase tickets at a price that is significantly lower than at sales offices.
For detailed information about discount fares in effect, please visit www.aeroflot.ru.
Aeroflot, a leader of Russia’s air fleet, is a member of SkyTeam, the global airline alliance. Aeroflot’s overall flight network comprises 898 locations in 169 countries. In 2010, 11.3 mln passengers used Aeroflot’s services and about 13 mln used the services offered by the Aeroflot group.
Aeroflot was the winner in the contest between European members of SkyTeam in serving economy-class passengers in short- and medium-range flights and business-class passengers in long-range flights. “Onboard Survey,” the marketing survey conducted by SkyTeam from April to September 2009, confirmed Aeroflot’s leading positions.
Aeroflot belongs to 25 leading airlines of the world according to Air Transport World journal, based on the results of its financial and economic activities in 2009 (“operating profit” and “profit margin” categories).
Aeroflot was the first Russian carrier to be included in the IOSA operator registry and it continues to confirm the certificate in a regular way. The airline has successfully passed the Safety audit for ground operations (ISAGO). Aeroflot is a holder of the unified certificate of compliance with the requirements of ISO 9001:2008.
Aeroflot operates one of the youngest air fleets in Europe that consists of 101 aircraft. Aeroflot’s hub is Sheremetyevo international airport in Moscow. For more details please visit www.aeroflot.ru.
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