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Company News

29 February 2008

A new A320 liner “G.Sedov”

The Russian National Carrier JSC “Aeroflot – Russian Airlines” has received a new fifteenth A320 liner within the frame of the operation leasing transaction. The aircraft is named “G.Sedov” in honor of the great Russian polar researcher.

This is the second aircraft of this kind received in the current year within the frame of the operation leasing transaction, concluded in 2007. The lender is the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS).

In 2008 nine more A320 airplanes are expected to be delivered. All the aircraft is new – directly form the plant of the “Airbus” Company. Presently the fleet of the airline numbers 36 airplanes of the A320 family, including 11 – A319, 15 – A320, 10 – A321. The cabin is arranged in two classes, admitting 116 (A319), 140 (A320) and 170 (A321) passengers. The airbuses of the A320 family are operated in the wide range of the European and internal Russian routes. In accordance to the operate reliability characteristics and airborne hours per one plane, Aeroflot is among the world leaders.

Airbus A-320 is one of the word’s best mid-range aircraft. The liner has principally new design, with the elements of the recent development and technologies. The aircraft corresponds to absolutely all the requirements for flight to any destination of the world.

JSC “Aeroflot – Russian Airlines” (AFLT) is definitely the leader of the Russian civil aviation, actually the national carrier. Being the largest airline, the company transports over 8 mln people a year, and together with its subsidiaries – about 10 mln, i.e. approximately one fourth of the total amount of passengers of the Russian air transportation. Owning the air fleet of 83 airplanes, the airline offers own flights to 93 destinations of 47 countries (totally – 302 flights per day). Controls 51% of the Russian market of regular international traffic and approximately 12% of the internal air traffic. The net income in 2006 was 7.9 bln rubles (consolidated income of the Aeroflot group was 258.1 mln. US dollars in accordance with IAS).

Aeroflot is one of the oldest airlines and one of the best-known commercial brands worldwide. The company was founded in 1923, based in Moscow, in Sheremetievo, International Airport. In 2006 Aeroflot became the first Russian airline, having entered the SkyTeam global alliance. The combined route network of the alliance numbers 841 destinations in 162 countries, giving the Aeroflot passengers infinite possibilities of choice. Bonus programs of all the alliance partners spread on the Aeroflot customers. The details of the advantages of the participation in the SkyTeam alliance are on the site www.skyteam.com.

Aeroflot is the first Russian airline to receive the IOSA Certificate (International Operational Safety Audit). Upon the results of 2007, “Afisha-MIR”, the established travel journal, has recognized Aeroflot the best airline.

To purchase tickets for the Aeroflot flights using on-line payment, electronic ticket technology, and to know more about the airline – see www.aeroflot.ru.