Moscow, 10 July 2017 – Aeroflot has won the Sector Leadership nomination at the 2017 Airline Strategy Awards, once again underscoring the Russian flag carrier’s prominent position in the global airline market. The prestigious recognition was awarded by Flight Airline Business magazine at a gala ceremony at the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple in London.
Aeroflot is the first Russian airline to be awarded at the Airline Strategy Awards in the event's 15-year history. Russia’s largest carrier is the inaugural winner of the Sector Leadership award, which was introduced to recognize a chief executive and management team demonstrating excellence in leading a carrier providing strong transportation links within a market sector.
The Airline Strategy Awards are held annually by Flight Airline Business, a publication of FlightGlobal, the world’s leading aviation media brand, and assessed by a panel of respected international judges. Since 2002, the awards have grown to be a highly coveted accolade in the industry and a prestigious hallmark of airline leadership.
Receiving the award, Giorgio Callegari, Aeroflot's Deputy General Director for Strategy and Alliances, said: “I am honoured to receive the prestigious award. It recognizes our status as a leader in the airline industry, a status we have gained thanks to the management team's sound strategic vision and consistent effort by all of our dedicated staff. Our excellent product and operational efficiency facilitated by digitalization have enabled us to become not just Russia's largest airline but also to achieve top positions in Russian and European markets. As a European airline with global ambitions, Aeroflot is set to deliver early on its 2025 strategic goal of becoming a top-five European and top-twenty global carrier by passenger traffic and revenue”.
Under its current leadership team, Aeroflot has established itself firmly among the ranks of the aviation elite, to global recognition from experts and customers alike. In 2016, Aeroflot’s high service quality was awarded 4-Star Airline status by Skytrax, and the airline was recently named Best Airline in Eastern Europe at the Skytrax World Airline Awards for the sixth time overall and the fifth time in a row. Also in 2017, Aeroflot was named Best Major Airline in Europe by users of TripAdvisor, the travel planning and booking site, as well as Best Business Class of any airline worldwide. Aeroflot, which this year celebrates its 94th anniversary, has also been recognised the world’s strongest airline brand by Brand Finance.
Aeroflot is Russia’s flagship carrier and a proud member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance. Aeroflot and its partners serve 1,062 destinations in 177 countries worldwide. In 2016, Aeroflot carried 29 million passengers (43.4 million passengers as Aeroflot Group including subsidiaries).
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. In 2017, Aeroflot was named Best Airline in Eastern Europe for the sixth time at the Skytrax World Airline Awards.
In 2017, Aeroflot was named the most powerful brand in Russia and the world’s strongest airline brand by leading valuation and strategy consultancy Brand Finance. Aeroflot was also named Best Major Airline in Europe by TripAdvisor travellers and recognised as the Favourite International Airline in China at the Flyer Award Ceremony 2017.
Aeroflot operates one of the youngest fleets in the world with 199 aircraft. Aeroflot is based in Moscow, at Sheremetyevo International Airport.
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 seventh time in 2017, Aeroflot has successfully passed the IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) and is fully ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004 compliant.
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