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Company News

09 September 2010

Aeroflot wins ‘Golden Chariot’ award

September 9, 2010, Moscow – JSC ‘Aeroflot - Russian Airlines’ has won again the ‘Golden Chariot’, the national public award for Russia’s transport industry, being select the ‘Transportation Company that Organized Best its Business during Economic Crisis.’

The organizers of the contest have highly appreciated Aeroflot’s performance in the year of economic crisis in the world aviation industry. Aeroflot has successfully overcome the world economic crisis having generated the net income that is 3.5 higher than in 2008. Based on the company’s financial and economic performance indicators (‘operation profit’ and ‘net profit’), Air Transport World, an authoritative industry periodical, included Aeroflot in the list of the world’s 25 leading carriers. Also, Aeroflot’s operations during the ‘Icelandic crisis’ were highly assessed by the Russian Government. Once again Aeroflot has confirmed its status of national carrier being virtually the only airline that continued serving regular flights to/from Europe after the airspace of European countries had been closed. In the economic meltdown environment, Aeroflot not only remains the leader of Russian civil aviation but has also strengthened its positions.

‘Golden Chariot’, the annual national public award, has been awarded since 2005. It has developed into a public institution that not only selects Russia’s best companies in transportation industry but also facilitates attaining social and economic objectives that aim at boosting transportation industry and the national economy as a whole. The ‘Golden Chariot’ national contest was established by the Committee for Transport of Russian State Duma and the Russian Ministry of Transport.

Aeroflot is the only Russian airline that most fully meets international standards.

Aeroflot, a leader of Russia’s air fleet, is a member of SkyTeam, the global airline alliance. Aeroflot’s overall flight network comprises 898 locations in 169 countries. In 2009, 8.755 mln passengers used Aeroflot’s services and 11.1 mln used the services offered by the Aeroflot group.

Aeroflot was the winner in the contest between European members of SkyTeam in serving economy-class passengers in short- and medium-range flights and business-class passengers in long-range flights. “Onboard Survey,” the marketing survey conducted by SkyTeam from April to September 2009, confirmed Aeroflot’s leading positions.

Aeroflot belongs to 25 leading airlines of the world according to Air Transport World journal, based on the results of its financial and economic activities in 2009 (“operating profit” and “profit margin” categories).

Aeroflot was the first Russian carrier to be included in the IOSA operator registry and it continues to confirm the certificate in a regular way. The airline has successfully passed the Safety audit for ground operations (ISAGO). Aeroflot is a holder of the unified certificate of compliance with the requirements of ISO 9001:2000.

Aeroflot operates one of the youngest air fleets in Europe that consists of 105 aircraft. Aeroflot’s hub is Sheremetyevo international airport in Moscow. For more details please visit www.aeroflot.ru.

Public Relations and Relations with Public Bodies Department