26 October 2015, Moscow. - Aeroflot is taking unprecedented measures to preserve transport accessibility to the Russian Far East in response to the recent ticket deficit. The airline is now operating widebody Boeing 777s on routes from Moscow to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and Vladivostok, providing an extra 100 seats per day. Three more 777s, each of which can carry up to 1,200 people, will be brought in from 15 December.
The price for economy tickets from Moscow to Vladivostok, Khabarovsk, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy will remain unchanged within Aeroflot’s flat rate until 31 December 2105: RUB 18,000 return, RUB 11,000 one way, including taxes and fees.
Aeroflot introduced its flat rate program to increase social mobility and access to the Far East in April 2015. As a result, the number of passengers on Aeroflot flights to, from and within the Far Eastern Federal District in the past eight months has increased by 10.7% year-on-year. The number of flights has increased by 23.8%.
«The Far East is a particularly sensitive region from the point of view of accessibility, as flying is really the only practical option. To solve the problem of a shortage of plane tickets, we have organised additional flights and brought in more capacious planes for the busiest routes. We expect the situation to normalise in the coming weeks, and ask for passengers’ understanding in regard to these temporary difficulties,» Aeroflot CEO Vitaliy Saveliev said.
Aeroflot is Russia’s flagship carrier and one of the largest airline groups in Europe. In 2014, Aeroflot carried 23.6 million passengers (34.7 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 1,057 destinations in 179 countries worldwide. Aeroflot operates one of the youngest fleets in the world, numbering 163 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 sixth time in 2015, Aeroflot has successfully passed the IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) and is fully ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004 compliant. In 2015 Aeroflot was named by SKYTRAX as the Best Airline in Eastern Europe for the fourth time. Find more at www.aeroflot.com.