Today official opening of JSC "Aeroflot-Russian Airlines" has been held in Saint-Petersburg.
The ceremony was attended by Authorized representative of the President in Northern-Eastern Federal District Iliya Klebanov, Governor of Sainjt-Petersburg Valentina Matviyenko, General Director of JSC "Aeroflot" Valeriy Okulov, partners of the company.
Saint-Petersburg branch of Aeroflot was established on a basis of the company's representative office operating since 1996. For the time of existence of Aeroflot's Saint Petersburg representative office the volume of rendered services in delivering of passengers, goods and mail has increased in money equivalent from 22 to 500 million Rubles. For 10 years the office served about 600 thousands of passengers and handled over 900 tones of cargo loads.
Aeroflot considers enlargement of the scales of its business in Saint Petersburg as one of the priority directions. This decision is based on growing role of Northern capital as cultural and political center of Russian Federation, demand of the citizens for quality international and domestic air traffic, the need in enhancing of competitiveness of Russian air carriers and availability of Saint Petersburg aviation terminal.
The main intend of Saint Petersburg branch of Aeroflot is to intensify commercial and production activities within the region, widen flight geography.
Starting summer 2006 Aeroflot plans to fulfill flights between Moscow and Saint Petersburg using own aircraft fleet. It is also planned to make 9 flights daily, including night flights. Quality of service on this direction will be improved through implementation of the elements of Aeroflot' service standard deserved international recognition. In particular, business class passengers will be able to enjoy meals served on high quality vessels with the option of pre-flight selection of specific dishes and drinks.
Nearest plans of Aeroflot include beginning of A320 flights from Saint Petersburg to destinations in Europe, which would enhance competitive positions of domestic air airlines in Pulkovo airport. In the nearest perspective it is also planned to use same airplanes on the routes Moscow - Saint Petersburg - Moscow.
Considering priority attention paid to development of travel industry in Saint Petersburg, Aeroflot stipulates to restore long distant flights from Saint Petersburg to destinations in North America and Japan. Joining of Aeroflot with international SkyTeam alliance makes additional background on possible use of leading international airlines networks, partners in alliance, to facilitate growth of travelers inflow to Saoin Petersburg.
For maintenance of foreign built airplanes own by Aeroflot the company plans to attract Pulkovo airport specialists. Development of business on a basis of newly established branch facilitates creation of new workplaces for qualified aviation technicians and service staff of Saint Petersburg. According preliminary estimations, already in 2006 operations of Aeroflot Saint Petersburg branch would provide regional budget with over two million US Dollars of incomes.
From 2001 in commemoration of the Great Patriotic War Victory Day Aeroflot realizes its social program aimed at serving of veterans of the Great Patriotic War and Saint Petersburg Blockade Veterans, as well as other preferential categories of citizens. For the period between 2001 and 2005 more than six thousand Petersburg veterans had a chance to enjoy charge free flights on both domestic and international flights within the frameworks of Aeroflot' May campaign.
Flying with Aeroflot, citizens of Saint Petersburg and nearby area have a choice of 728 destinations in 149 countries served by SkyTeam alliance members, jointed by Aeroflot. Convenient easy connections and unified with Aeroflot frequent flyer bonus programs are effective on all flights of Air France, CSA, KLM, Delta, AeroMexico, Alitalia, Korean Air, NWA, Continental Airlines.
To plan your own trip, get more information, book tickets, please call 8-800-333-55-55 round the clock toll free phone of Aeroflot Information and Reservation Center. Moscow call-center phone number is (495) 223-5555, in Saint Petersburg, please, call (812) 718-55-55.
JSC “Aeroflot – Russian Airlines”. Based in Moscow, Sheremetyevo Airport. Founded in 1923. The biggest Russian aviation company controlling about 11% of domestic and 39% of international transportation markets of Russia. Member of global aviation alliance Sky Team, elected by the readers of Global Traveler magazine as the "Best aviation alliance". In 2005 Aeroflot delivered 6,8 million of passengers in 89 cities of 47 countries. Having a fleet of 88 vehicles Aeroflot performs 302 flights a day. Net profit of the company in 2005 was 6.032 billion Rubles. More details about the company are available at: www.aeroflot.ru and www.skyteam.com