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Company News

14 January 2008

In 2007 AEROFLOT carried over three thousand russian pilgrims to hajj in Jidda

From November 27, 2007 to January 8, 2008 the air company “Aeroflot – Russian airlines” carried over three thousand Russian pilgrims to Hajj in Jidda and back. Totally, there were 24 pair special flights along the route Mineral Waters – Jidda – Mineral Waters by planes Tu-154.
In cooperation with the Russian Hajj-mission, MIA RF, State Duma, and the government of the Chechen Republic, Aeroflot has been safely providing carriage of pilgrims to the Moslem relics during last three years. The development of economical and cultural connections between RF and KSA contributes to increasing of the demand for flights. During recent years, the Ministry of Pilgrims Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has considerably increased the quota for pilgrims from Russia.

OAO “Aeroflot – Russian airlines” (AFLT) – is the indisputable leader of civil aviation in Russia, the practical national carrier. Being the biggest air company of the country, it carries over 8 mln. people a year, and together with subsidiary companies – about 10 mln., i.e. the quarter of the total number of Russian air passengers. Having at its disposal the fleet of 83 aircrafts, it performs its own flights to 93 points of 47 countries (totally 302 flights per day). It controls 51% of the Russian market of regular international carriages and around 12% of domestic air carriages. The net income for the year 2006 amounted 7,9 bln.rub. (the consolidated income of Aeroflot group 258,1 mln. US dollars according to IFRS).
Aeroflot – is one of the oldest air companies and one of the most well known commercial brands in the world. The company was founded in 1923; it is based in Moscow, in the international airport Sheremet’yevo. In 2006, Aeroflot became the first Russian air company entering the global alliance SkyTeam. The joint route network of the alliance numbers 841 points in 162 countries, which gives the limitless possibilities of choice for the passengers of Aeroflot. The customers of Aeroflot enjoy bonus programs of all alliance partners. The information about the advantages of participation in the alliance SkyTeam one can find in the internet site  www.skyteam.com.
Aeroflot – is the first Russian airline that received the certificate of operator of the international air standard of industrial safety IOSA. Following results of 2007 a respected magazine about travels “Afisha-MIR” recognized Aeroflot as the best airline.
In the site www.aeroflot.ru one can buy tickets for Aeroflot flights using on-line payments, the electron ticket technology, and to know more about the air company.

Department of Public Relations