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Company News

09 November 2007

Aeroflot Commissions The New А319 Jetliner “V. Kandinskiy”

JSC “Aeroflot” has received and already commissioned the tenth А319 jetliner named “V. Kandisnkiy”. The aircraft has been named in honor of the great Russian painter, the art theorists and poet, one of the first part of the XX century avant-garde leaders Vasiliy Kandinskiy.

This one is the second aircraft of this type received in this year under the operational leasing arrangement effected in 2007. The Lessor is the General Electric Capital Aviation Services (GECAS). The deal envisages procurement by the end of this year of another similar jetliner. In addition to that, before the end of 2007 Aeroflot will receive another А321 within the frameworks of the earlier arrangements. In 208 the company expects deliveries of eleven А320 liners. All are brand new ones to be delivered right from the Airbus production facilities.

Meanwhile the company’s jetliners fleet includes 32 vehicles of А320 family, including 10 – А319, 13 – А320, 9 – А321. The planes have two-class seating layouts capable to take on-board 116 (А319), 140 (А320) and 170 (А321) passengers. Jetliners of this makes are very popular in the world. Aeroflot operates А320’s on the wide network of European and domestic fight routes. In terms of operational reliability and actual airborne hours per single airplane Aeroflot is one of the wr=rold leaders.

Joint Stock Company "Aeroflot - Russian Airlines" (AFLT) is a recognized leader on Russian civil aviation market, in fact the company is the national carrier. Being the biggest aviation company in the country Aeroflot annually serves more than 7 million passengers, same figure being taken together with Aeroflot subsidiaries comes to 9 million passengers a year, i.e. 23% from total number of Russian air passengers. Having a fleet of 81 jetliners the company makes flights to 93 destinations in 47 countries worldwide (302 flights a day). The company controls 51% of Russian international flights and approximately 12% of internal flights. Net profit of the company in 2006 was 7.9 billion Rubles (US$258.1 million according IFRS).

Aeroflot is one of the oldest aviation companies in the world and one of the most famous brands on the globe. Established in 1923 the company is now being based in Moscow in Sheremetyevo international airport. In 2006 Aeroflot became first Russian aviation company to join global SkyTeam alliance. Integrated flight network of the alliance combines 728 destinations in 149 countries around the world. This ensures ultimately unlimited traveling opportunities for all Aeroflot' passengers. Aeroflot' clients may enjoy all frequent flyer and bonus programs of the alliance partners. More information is available on www.skyteam.com.

Aeroflot is the one and only IOSA safety standard certified aviation operator in Russia. On-line booking may be accomplished and paid on www.aeroflot.ru.