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22 September 2009

Aeroflot-Don Gets New Name - 'DONAVIA'

Aeroflot’s Subsidiaries Renamed

September 22 2009, Moscow. – From September 25 2009, Aeroflot-Don changes its company name. According to a resolution of the Board of Directors, Aeroflot-Don will receive a new name – DONAVIA JSC. 

Changing the subsidiaries’ names is a part of Aeroflot Group development strategy. Given the current trends on the air transportation market both in Russia and globally, and the necessity to more distinctively position the Aeroflot brand as a premium service company, a decision has been made to further develop the subsidiaries as independent brands. Aeroflot subsidiaries will be developing in the segments which differ from that of the parent company, using the advantages of the regional base. 

Thus, DONAVIA’s strategic objective is development as the largest air carrier of the Russian South providing long-distance and regional air transport services to the population of the Southern Federal District. The company has developed, approved in Aeroflot’s Executive Board and is implementing a business plan, ensuring the company’s dynamic growth and the fullest possible satisfaction of demand for quality air services of passengers from the Southern Federal District.

DONAVIA will continue cooperation with Aeroflot performing code-sharing flights and selling transit tickets. The earlier voiced plans for air fleet replenishment, network expansion, and new technologies introduction will be implemented as scheduled.

The similar corporate procedures for name change are running in the other two subsidiaries. The company name change will not result in the parent company‘s lowering requirements to service quality and flight safety, which are defined by Aeroflot’s standards.

DONAVIA is a 100% subsidiary of the Russian national carrier Aeroflot Russian Airlines. Over 9.5 years of operation under the Aeroflot-Don brand, the company has accumulated rich experience in passenger service improvement, and achieved a high level of flight regularity and reliability.

AEROFLOT is based in Moscow, in the Sheremetyevo International Airport. As Russia’s largest carrier, the company flew 9.3 million passengers in 2008, together with its subsidiaries, 11.6 million passengers. Aeroflot operates its own flights to 95 destinations in 48 countries. It accounts for over 42% of Russia’s scheduled international traffic. The company strives to enhance its share of domestic traffic, which now is 13.7% (with its subsidiaries, 20%).

Aeroflot is a member of SkyTeam, a global airline alliance. Aeroflot provides its customers with an access to a route network of 928 destinations in 174 countries (more info is available on our website www.skyteam.com). Aeroflot operates code-sharing agreements with 29 foreign and Russian airline companies.

Aeroflot has one of Europe’s youngest air fleets that consists of 105 aircrafts, nearly two thirds are state-of-the-art airliners. The air fleet is regularly replenished. The company plans to receive the new generation Russian airplanes Sukhoi SuperJet-100.

Aeroflot complies with the highest international safety standards. Following the results of the International Air Transport Association’s Operational Safety Audit (IOSA), the company was the first Russian carrier to be included in the IOSA Registry. In 2009, Aeroflot has confirmed the certificate for the third time and also successfully completed the ISAGO (IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations) procedure. In March 2008, the company’s Quality Management System was certified as complying with ISO 9001:2000. You are welcome to buy an e-ticket, obtain any info on flight status and booking, get a ticket for your bonus miles, read the news and find out more about Aeroflot on our website www.aeroflot.ru.

 Department for Public and Government Relations