8 November, Moscow, 2016. – Aeroflot has been voted second-best airline globally and undisputed leader of the Russian market by Russian readers of National Geographic Traveller, one of the world’s most popular travel magazines.
Aeroflot ranked second behind only Emirates – named world’s best airline at this year’s World Airline Awards and like Aeroflot a Four Star Airline according to Skytrax, the authoritative global airline ratings agency – and ahead of peers including Air France, KLM, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines and Etihad (a Skytrax Five Star Airline).
In the Russian market, Aeroflot took 56% of the vote, twice the tally of its nearest competitor, to retain its title for the second year running. Pobeda, Aeroflot Group’s low-cost carrier, took third place.
Readers of National Geographic Traveller voted in an online poll from September 8 to November 6 to choose the best tourist destinations and services in 23 categories. The poll has been held annually since 2011.
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 190 Airbus, Boeing and Sukhoi airliners.Aeroflot is among the global leaders in aviation safety, with a European Community Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft (SAFA) Index, the main globally recognized safety parameter, 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 became the first Russian airline to be awarded Four Star Airline status by Skytrax in recognition of the high-quality of its customer service, and was also named Best Airline in Eastern Europe for the fifth time at the Skytrax World Airline Awards. In 2015 Global Traveler named Aeroflot one of the 10 best airlines worldwide for on-board cuisine. Find out more at www.aeroflot.com.