24 January through 27 February, 2006 Aeroflot, JSC carried the Russian Olympic team and members of the official delegation, gusts and tourists bound for the Olympic Games “Torino-2006”. Along with passenger transportation, large amount of cargo was carried to Italy, including the sport equipment and other bulky luggage. Regular Aeroflot services to Milan were operated by the comfortable A 321 and A 320 aircrafts.
The company operated 41 special services on route Moscow – Milan – Moscow during the Olympics in Torino, carrying about 2,500 members of the Russian official delegation and over 25 tons of oversize/overweight cargo.
A special charter flight operated by air liner A 321 "A. Skryabin" carried back home the Olympic team on 27 February. The athletes brought with them the hard-won 22 Olympic medals: 8 gold, 6 silver and 8 bronze medals.
In the Sheremetyevo international airport the athletes were greeted by journalists, families, supporters, still the first congratulations the champions received from the Aeroflot crew, border control and customs officers in the airport. The athletes were greeted with a traditional bread and salt ceremony immediately upon the landing.
The air liner carried home sport officials, doctors, masseurs, trainers, and, of course, Russian athletes and Olympic winners, among them Yuliya Chepalova, Irina Slutskaya, Svetlana Ishmuratova, Vasiliy Rogachev, Nikolay Kruglov, Alexander Zubkov, Albina Akhatova, Evgeniy Demntyev and others.
The rest of the team will arrive in Moscow on 28 February and 1 March.
Aeroflot has enjoyed the honor of being the official carrier of the Russian Olympic team since 1994.
Support of sport and physical culture is one of Aeroflot’s priorities, special attention paid to promotion of children’s and junior sports, as well as support of parathletes. The company has participated in international junior tennis tournament “Kremlin Cup Junior”, and provided support to the Moscow “Spartak” and “Vozrozhdenie” football clubs for handicapped sportsmen and the Federation for Alpine Skiing of the Russian parathletes, as well as to expeditions organized by the "Priklyuchenie" club.
Aeroflot took an active part in the organization of the XV International Tennis Tournament “Kremlin Cup 2004”, held in October 2004 in Moscow (Olimpiyskiy stadium).
Since 2003 Aeroflot has provided carrier’s services to the Russian Football Union (the combined and junior teams), transporting them to international and domestic tournaments.
Aeroflot was among sponsors of track and field tournament "Challenge of Russia - 2004", renewing the tradition of matches between the Russian and US teams, also known as "Matches of the giants".
Five years Aeroflot has been sponsoring a popular chess event – International Chess Tournament "Aeroflot-Open", that attracts growing number of international participants: grand masters and amateurs, adults and children.
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 RUR6330.143 million net profit last year (US$219 million). Aeroflot is member of 25 top global carriers (ATW version), passenger loads reaching 6.862 million people in 2004. The company operates 90 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.ru, www.aeroflotbonus.ru.