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Company News

27 August 2007

Aeroflot sold 100 thousand electronic tickets during six months

Total number of electronic tickets issued by Aeroflot during six months amounted to more than 100 thousand. Aeroflot is the first Russian air carrier which implemented and opened sales of full-grown electronic tickets.

Aeroflot started process of transition to electronic tickets in May, 2007, when it opened their mutual sale with associated air companies in Sky Team for flights Aeromexico, Continental, Korean Air, KLM, and Delta. In April Aeroflot activated electronic tickets in foreign agent net. This allowed the company to sell electronic tickets in clearing settlement systems of the International Air Transport Association IATA in nearly 50 countries. Since June Aeroflot started to issue electronic tickets in RF, regularly enlarging sales geography in Russian internal route net. Today Aeroflot electronic tickets are sold by private sales department in Russia, and abroad by foreign agent net.

Aeroflot distributes its electronic tickets by means of partners by interline agreement. Corresponding agreements are made with air companies KLM, Aeromexico, Continental, Delta, Korean Air, NorthWest, Alitalia, Kenia Airways, United Airlines, Copa, Mexicana, British Airways, Air Malta, Air Canada и Swiss. By September, 1st it is planned to implement electronic interline with China Southern и Air Eurора.

In June experimental project for issuance of electronic tickets by means of Amadeus GDS with Sabre GDS involvement started.

Moreover, since June it is possible to register passengers with Aeroflot electronic tickets in airports, served by the Gaetan system (Paris, Nice, London, Washington, Belgrade, Beirut).

Today electronic ticket technology is used on 40 routes of the air company, towards the end of the year this number will grow up to 60, and in 2008 Aeroflot plans to make all its route net electronic.

According to deputy general director – director of information technology department Sergey Kirjushin, speed, with which electronic ticket technology is implemented, gives us hope that Aeroflot in accord with IATA requirements, will be able to 100% transition to electronic tickets in 2008.

For more information, travel planning and making reservations please call: 8-800-333-55-55 – twenty-four-hour free telephone number of Aeroflot Information and Reservation Center. Telephone number of call-centre in Moscow (495) 223-5555, in Magadan -+7( 4132) 63-90-77.

JSC «Aeroflot – Russian airlines» (AFLT) is undoubted leader of civil aviation in Russia, actual national carrier. Being the largest air company in the world, it carries more than 7 mln passengers every year, and together with affiliated companies this number amounts to 9 mln, i.e. 23% from the whole number of Russian air passengers. It owns 81 air craft and provides flights to 93 destinations in 47 countries. (302 flights a day). The company controls 51% of the Russian regular international transportation market and approximately 12% of domestic transportation. In 2006 net profit amounted to 7,9 mlrd rubles. (258,1 mln US dollars IFRS).

Aeroflot is one of the oldest air companies and one of the most famous brands in the world. The company was established in 1923, is situated in Moscow in the International Airport Sheremetyevo. In 2006 Aeroflot became the first Russian air company, which entered global alliance SkyTeam. Joint route net of the alliance includes 728 destinations in 149 countries, which gives Aeroflot passengers unlimited choice options. Aeroflot customers can participate in bonus programs of all alliance partners. For information about advantages of participation SkyTeam alliance click www.skyteam.com.

Aeroflot is the only certified operator of International Aviation Operational Security Standard in Russia.

On www.aeroflot.ru one can buy Aeroflot tickets by means of on-line payments, electronic ticket technology, and to get to know more about the air company.