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Company News

05 June 2007

Flight Safety Experts Of SKYTEAM Member Companies Hold Coornidation Meeting In Moscow

The annual global meeting of flight safety experts – representatives of the member companies of the international Skyteam alliance was held in Moscow. For the first time JSC “Aeroflot” was the recipient part of this forum.

Matters of evaluation and classification of present threats were considered during the meeting. One of the main issues was harmonization of normative requirements.

Experts considered the matters in respect of restrictions to fluids and baggage in cabin, suppressing illegal migration and falsified papers, analyzed use of the latest passenger scanning facilities highly efficient ensuring lowest radiation levels.

Air Safety Service (ASS) of Aeroflot presented to its foreign colleagues its own dog-breeding service using dogs of unique genepool with extremely sensitive nose to detect explosive materials. This hybrid is created on the basis of Arctic laika and subtropical jackal.  The company also demonstrated its new product – a specially developed tool for air intake to prevent presence on board of explosives, weapon and ammunition keeping smells for a long time. The problem of illegal interference in actions of flight crew attracted general attention. Airline representatives shared experience in combating such phenomena, including suppression of “disturbing passengers”.

According to Vladimir Antonov, Deputy General Director for Production Activities of Aeroflot, “ensuring air safety is the key duty of the whole air industry globally and cooperation of experts within the frameworks of SkyTeam brings real and good results”.

JSC “Aeroflot – Russian Airlines” (AFLT) is a certain leader of civil aviation in Russia, actually a national carrier. Being the largest domestic airline company it transports over 7 mln. of people annually and together with its subsidiaries – about 9 mln., i.e. 23% of the total amount of Russian air passengers.  With a fleet of 90 air crafts it flies to 93 destinations in 47 countries (302 flights a day). The company controls 51% of the Russian market of regular international flights and about 12% of domestic flights. Net profit in 2006 made 7,9 bln. rubles.

Aeroflot is one of the oldest airline companies and one of the most known commercial brands in the world. The company was founded in 1923; it is based in Moscow in the international Sheremetyevo airport. In 2006 Aeroflot became the first Russian airline company to enter the global alliance SkyTeam. Joint route network of the alliance includes 728 destinations in 149 countries that gives Aeroflot passengers boundless opportunities of choice. Bonus programs of all alliance partners extend to Aeroflot clients. More information about SkyTeam benefits is available at www.skyteam.com.

Aeroflot is the only certified operator of international operational safety audit (IOSA) in Russia.

Tickets to Aeroflot flights with on-line payment, technology of e-ticket and more detailed information about the company are available at www.aeroflot.ru.