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16 January 2018

Aeroflot to pursue criminal charges against anti-social passenger on flight from Moscow to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

16 January 2018, Moscow. – Aeroflot will pursue criminal charges against passenger Vladimir Kolotygin for his obstructive behaviour leading to a fracas on flight SU1730 from Moscow to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky on 15 January.

Vladimir Kolotygin, flying in business class, exhibited clear signs of intoxication from alcohol consumption. He violated public order, insulted the crew and hit one of the flight attendants. The captain of the flight considered diverting to make an emergency landing at Novosibirsk. However, other passengers, including employees of the Federal Bailiffs Service, provided assistance to the crew and successfully used improvised methods to keep the passenger in his seat until the end of the flight. Upon arrival at Elizovo airport the passenger was handed over to police officers.

Vladimir Kolotygin's drunkenness was confirmed following a medical examination. A record of the offence was presented to the passenger for failure to comply with lawful orders of the captain of the aircraft.

Aeroflot is giving consideration to initiating a criminal case against Vladimir Kolotygin under article 213 (Hooliganism) of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.

About Aeroflot

Aeroflot is Russia’s flagship carrier and a proud member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance. Aeroflot and its partners serve 1,074 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 224 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 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2004 compliant.

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