07 July 2016, Moscow. – Pobeda, the low-cost subsidiary of PJSC Aeroflot (Moscow Exchange ticker: AFLT), has carried 2 million passengers since the start of 2016, reaching the mark two months earlier than in 2015. More than 5 million passengers have flown with Pobeda since it started operations in late 2014.
Andrey Kalmykov, CEO of Pobeda, said: “Demand in the Russian market for low-cost flights has exceeded even the most daring expectations. By the end of the year Pobeda is expected to carry at least 2 million more passengers, bringing out total for the year to more than 4 million – a third more than in 2015. Thanks to our passengers, Pobeda has significantly strengthened its position among the world’s leading low-cost airlines.”
In June, an authoritative ranking in Airline Business magazine named Pobeda the world’s fastest-growing low-cost airline in 2015. Aeroflot’s budget carrier flew 3.1 million passengers in 2015 and rose 29 places in the ranking to 71st overall.
Pobeda’s summer schedule serves approximately 60 domestic and international destinations. Notable changes this year include regular flights to Cyprus, Montenegro, Italy and Spain. In total Pobeda flies ten international routes from Moscow Vnukovo on its summer timetable.
Domestically, Pobeda’s seasonal program focuses on major resorts in southern Russia such as Sochi, Anapa, and Gelendzhik. This summer, Pobeda passengers from almost 20 Russian cities will be able to fly direct to southern resorts without needing to transfer in Moscow. Pobeda also flies to more than 20 domestic destinations from Moscow Vnukovo airport.
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 170 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 2016 Aeroflot has been awarded an official four-star quality and service ranking from the leading independent authority on airline quality, Skytrax. 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.