September 27, 2010, Moscow – The Moscow to Novosibirsk flight of Aeroflot on 25 September was the debut of the second runway of the Tolmachevo airport. Landing of Aeroflot’s Airbus А320 heralds the start of operations of the new runway of the Novosibirsk airport. It will allow the airport to significantly increase its throughput capacity and boost regularity of operations of the airport that is of strategic importance for Russia’s aviation infrastructure.
Tolmachevo was opened on 12 July 1957 when Aeroflot’s Tu-104 departed from the new Novosibirsk airport to Moscow. Aeroflot resumed regular flights to Tolmachevo in 1995. On 9 November, Russia’s largest carrier will celebrate the 15th anniversary of that event.
Currently, Aeroflot offers three flights a day from the Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow to Tolmachevo. The number of passengers uplifted by the company from January to August 2010 on this route totals around 70,000.
The development of the Novosibirsk airport goes in line with Aeroflot’s strategy. The leading Russian carrier considers development of the route network in Russia as a task of paramount importance and intends to become No. 1 in Russian aviation industry by the amount of domestic uplifts.
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 91 aircraft. Aeroflot’s hub is Sheremetyevo international airport in Moscow. For more details please visit www.aeroflot.ru.
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