Moscow, 26 February 2016. — PJSC Aeroflot (Moscow Exchange ticker: AFLT) announces the results of the Board of Directors meeting held on 25 February 2015. The meeting was chaired by Kirill Androsov.
The meeting’s agenda included the following items:
Outcome of the financial readjustment of JSC Transaero Airlines. Aeroflot analysed the results of the provision of financial support for Transaero Airlines in order for Transaero to fulfil its obligations to passengers who had purchased airline tickets. PJSC Aeroflot did not exceed its budget for financial readjustment as approved by the Board of Directors. 51% of the financial investments were loans provided by JSC Aeroflot and LLC Aeroflot-Finance in September-October 2015. Also examined were the sources of reimbursement for the expenses incurred. The analysis took into account new routes acquired as a result of the usage of Transaero’s permissions and commercial rights, as well as the increase in flight frequency (for which it is planned to use widebody aircraft from the Transaero fleet). As a result, a payoff period was established at up to 6 years, depending on the external economic environment and providing that Aeroflot retains the routes received.
Implementation of Aeroflot’s Group Strategy. The Board confirmed changes to the Group Strategy for 2017-2021 due to the update of the multi-brand platform approach. During the current year, the platform will switch to a new operational structure of four different companies, one of which will be formed from the integration of Rossiya, Donavia and Orenair. The consolidated carrier Rossiya will rank as the second-largest airline on the national air transport market. The Group will take advantage of new market opportunities to ensure steady growth. Route network development principles for each airline of Aeroflot Group were also set to minimise intra-Group competition. The Board also decided on a set of measures to support growth of passenger numbers to 61.5 million by 2021. Following analysis of the current situation on the air transport market, it was concluded that the Group could achieve all of the goals set out in Strategy-2025, including becoming a top-five European and top-20 global airline group based on passenger numbers and revenue, assuming economic stabilisation.
LLC A-Techniks business plan. The development of this company specialised in aircraft maintenance and repairs (M&R) will allow ad hoc and scheduled maintenance for the Aeroflot Group’s growing fleet. It will also increase the Group’s competitive ability by reducing out-sourcing of these services, therefore lowering M&R costs. The business plan anticipates achieving operational profitability by the end of 2017. The Board of Directors decided to agree on the amounts of financing needed for the launch and development of LLC A-Techniks in accordance with the presented business plan.
On the organisation of Aeroflot Group’s aircraft fleet. The Board of Directors approved a prolongation by PJSC Aeroflot of the lease of five Airbus A320-200 aircraft (serial numbers 3545, 3574, 3699, 3711, 3778) from AerCap Ireland Limited. This prolongation shall not exceed 24 months per aircraft. The BoD also decided to allow PJSC Aeroflot to sub-let three aircrafts (serial numbers 3794, 3942, 3998) to JSC Rossiya Airlines. The length of the sub-let is no more than 30 months per aircraft.
Aeroflot is Russia’s flagship carrier and one of the largest airline groups in Europe. In 2015, Aeroflot carried 26.1 million passengers (39.4 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 1,057 destinations in 179 countries worldwide. Aeroflot operates one of the youngest fleets in the world, numbering 169 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 and for the first time was ranked among TOP-10 airlines with Best Airline Cuisine according to Global Traveler. Find more at www.aeroflot.com.