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24 April 2006

Aeroflot is offering special tickets as part of its WWII veterans’ programme

Aeroflot has started to issue special tickets for transportation under its WWII veterans’ programme “Old war routes”.

In line with celebrations of the 61st anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War, Aeroflot-Russian Airlines is launching its traditional May programme “Old war routes” that will last from 4 to 20 May, 2006.

It’s been six years already that Aeroflot offers thousands of WWII veterans, former prisoners of Nazi or fascist regime, residents of Leningrad under blockade, disabled war veterans free tickets for the company’s regular services to any destination in Russia or Eastern Europe (Bulgaria, Hungary, Germany, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine, Croatia, Czech Republic), except for flights operated under code-sharing agreements with other air-carriers.

In 2006, the action will cover war veterans and disabled war veterans with the Russian citizenship or residing in Russia, and former under-age convicts of concentration camps, ghettos and other forced residence, established by Nazis and their allies during World War II. The “Old war routes” programme will also cover war veterans and disabled war veterans with citizenship and permanent residence in the CIS and Baltic countries, formerly included in the USSR: they will be offered a 50% discount of the effective price.

The traditional May action devoted to the Victory Day was originally designed to pay respects to the many who had fought and suffered in the Great Patriotic War, and is running for the sixth year.

In 2005, over 5,500 war veterans, former convicts of Nazi regime and residents of Leningrad under blockade took advantage of the free flights to destinations in Russia and CIS, the Baltic states and Western Europe, operated by the company (against 5000 in 2004). 

During the five-year run of the Victory Day actions, over 20,000 people have enjoyed free flights with Aeroflot. The programme has been appreciated by a number of veterans’ committees and other public organizations. The company is happy to thank people and public and governmental organizations that have helped to implement this programme.

Terms of the programme:

The tickets will be issued from 20 April to 20 May, 2006; the ticket remains effective for one month.

According to the regular rules of the “Old war routes” programme, the offer is valid for all people residing in Russia and other countries, who are considered veterans of WWII under Federal Law “On veterans”.  The free offer also applies to former under-age convicts of Nazi concentration camps, ghettos and other forced residence established by Nazis and their allies during World War II, providing they are permanently residing in Russia. All above categories are offered one ticket in economy class, whereby the passenger does not pay for the ticket but has to pay all due taxes and charges for registration of air travel under effective regulations, excluding the Aeroflot’s fuel charge.

The ticket may cover a one-way service to any single destination in Russia, or end-to-end service, including transit transportation via Moscow.

War veterans, disabled war veterans or former convicts of Nazi regime with the special-offer tickets may be accompanied by one person who must travel on the same board in both directions, and on the same dates as the passenger.

 The accompanying person flying with war invalids of groups 1 or 2, registered as Russian citizens, are granted a 50% on any applicable economy class tariff (except for tariffs offered during advertising actions, like “sale” tariffs). The person accompanying other groups of the action’s targeted passengers are offered, as usually, a 10% discount on any applicable economy class tariff (except for tariffs offered during advertising actions, like “sale” tariffs). The ticket for the accompanying person shall be purchased together with reduced-price tickets for programme’s passengers in the same sales office. When a privileged passenger refuses to fly, the accompanying person is not allowed on board.

Tickets for the privileged passengers and their accompanying persons will be issued only in Aeroflot’s own offices in Russia, CIS, Baltic states, where the company operates regular services, and in Moscow, in the company’s central sales offices at 3 Kuznetskiy Most, 37 Pyatnitskaya str., and 19 Yeniseyskaya str.

All information and details of the action are provided 24h at multichannel telephone: (495) 223-55-55, in sales offices and representing offices of Aeroflot.

Aeroflot Russian Airlines, JSC (RTS: AFLT),  the largest Russian carrier 51% owned by the government, was established in 1923.The company controls over 11% of the local shorthaul, and 39% of international operation in Russia. The company cited RUR3.05 billion net profit for 2005. Aeroflot is member of 25 top global carriers (ATW version), its passenger loads reaching 6.707 million people in 2005. The company operates 83 aircrafts, its main office is based in Moscow, Sheremetyevo airport, and the company plans to open its own terminal (Sheremetyevo - 3) by 2007. For detailed information visit the company’s web sites: www.aeroflot.ruwww.aeroflotbonus.ru.