December 26, 2014, Moscow. — On December 23, 2014, Aeroflot hosted a business meeting in Shenzhen, China with Chinese aviation, tourism and logistic industry representatives. The Company presented on its current position and prospects in the region.
Aeroflot Group, the leader of the Russian aviation market, was represented at the meeting by Alexander Lukashin, Head of International PR Division, and Nikita Krichevskiy, Member of Aeroflot Public Council, Doctor of Science, Professor.
Aeroflot’s representatives underscored that China is one of the top key markets for the Group, with Beijing and Shanghai as the most popular routes. Transit passengers traffic to and from China is one of the Company’s major network forming factors, and is continuously growing. Nearly 60% of Aeroflot passenger traffic on routes from China represents international transit. Aeroflot plans to increase the number of flights per week to Beijing (the most popular Chinese destination in 2014) to 17 flights.
The discussion was held in a warm and friendly atmosphere, and participants concluded that the future development and strengthening of the business relationship between the two countries is an extremely significant strategic move for both Russia and China.
Aeroflot is Russia’s flagship carrier and one of the largest airline groups in Europe. In 2013, its 90th anniversary year, Aeroflot carried 20.9 million passengers (31.4 million passengers as Aeroflot Group including subsidiaries), a record for any Russian airline. A proud member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance, Aeroflot and its partners serve more than 1,000 destinations in 177 countries worldwide. Aeroflot operates the youngest fleet in the World (among the major airlines), numbering 154 Airbus, Boeing and Sukhoi airliners. Aeroflot is among the global leaders in aviation safety. The company’s European Community Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft (SAFA) Index, which is the main globally recognized safety parameter, is comparable to global peers. The first Russian carrier to enter the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) register, renewing its registration for the fifth time in 2013, Aeroflot has successfully passed the IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) and is fully ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004 compliant. In 2014 Aeroflot was named by SKYTRAX as the Best Airline in Eastern Europe for the third time. Find more at www.aeroflot.com.