With effect on 24 January, 2006 Aeroflot JSC has started to carry the Russian sports delegation bound for the Turin 2006 Winter Olympics.
Daily regular Aeroflot services to Milan, operated by the comfortable A 321 and A 320 aircrafts, will carry Russian athletes, members of the official delegation, tourists, as well as bulk sports luggage, until end February 2006.
The first group of athletes and technical personnel left the Moscow Sheremetyevo-2 airport for Milan on the SU285 service (Moscow-Milan) on January, 24, while the major part of the team will be carried to the Olympic destination by Aeroflot services starting 2 February through to 9 February.
Apart from the daily services, the company will operate a charter service on 27 February, 2006 to carry the Russian delegation home.
Overall during the Winter Olympics, Aeroflot will carry around 1000 members of the official delegation, operating 24 flights on route Moscow – Milan, and 16 flights on route Milan – Moscow throughout the Games, starting January 24 to February 27.
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”.
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.