Saturday, 26 October 2019

Aeroflot launches winter timetable as it celebrates 30 years of IATA membership

The leading Russian airline, Aeroflot has celebrated 30 years since becoming a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) this week as well as launching its winter schedule from tomorrow, 27 October 2019 to run through to 29 March 2020.

The giant airline will considerably expand the number of flights to popular leisure destinations as part of the new programme.  
Dubai (from 21 to 28 flights per week),
Bangkok (from 7 to 14 flights per week)
Phuket (from 5 to 15 flights per week)

To meet seasonal demand Aeroflot will also increase the frequency of flights to:
Miami (from 4 to 5 flights per week)
Male (from 5 tо 7 flights per week)
Ho Chi Minh City (from 2 to 3 flights per week)

The carrier will offer more services on routes from Moscow to Denpasar (from 2 tо 3 flights per week) and Colombo (from 2 tо 5 flights per week) with flights operated jointly with subsidiary Rossiya Airlines.   

Flight frequencies will increase for the following destinations from Moscow to cities in Russia and CIS: Volgograd (from 35 to 42 flights per week), Ekaterinburg (from 63 to 70 flights per week),  Krasnoyarsk (from 21 to 28 flights per week), Mineralnye Vody (from 35 to 42 flights per week), Nizhnevartovsk (from 14 tо 21 flights per week), Orenburg (from 14 tо 28 flights per week), Rostov-on-Don (from 28 to 56 flights per week), Saint-Petersburg (from 140 tо 154 flights per week), Sochi (from 77 tо 84 flights per week), Chelyabinsk (from 35 tо 42 flights per week) and Ufa (from 49 tо 56 flights per week), as well as Minsk (from 35 tо 42 flights per week). Besides, Aeroflot will launch 7 own flights per week on Moscow – Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk line in addition to daily services operated by subsidiary Rossiya Airlines.

This winter season Aeroflot will operate flights to 149 destinations in 53 countries. The airline’s route network will span 55 routes across Russia, 17 points in seven CIS countries and 77 international destinations.  

Aeroflot’s expansive route network is supplemented by services offered by its subsidiary airlines.  Rossiya Airlines will operate flights under Aeroflot’s commercial management on 47 routes (42 unique routes): 39 services from Saint-Petersburg and 8 services from Moscow. In Russia’s Far East, Aurora Airlines will offer flights on 16 routes under Aeroflot’s commercial management. Low-cost carrier Pobeda developing a unique route network will fly to 86 destinations (35 unique routes).

In Winter 2019-2020, Aeroflot Group will fly its scheduled flights on 298 routes (242 unique routes) to 56 countries.

Aeroflot Group’s offerings are enhanced by code-sharing agreements with partner airlines. Code-sharing agreements allow Aeroflot to offer travel to an additional 162 non-repetitive destinations and 19 countries: Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Cambodia, Ghana, Iceland, Kenya, Laos, Luxemburg, Macedonia, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia.

In total, inclusive of partner airline flights, Aeroflot Group in Winter 2019-2020 will fly 460 routes (404 non-repetitive routes) to 75 countries.

30 years of IATA membership

Alexandre de Juniac, the Director General and CEO of IATA, visited Aeroflot in Moscow to congratulate the carrier on the milestone anniversary.  He said: “I can see why Aeroflot has been winning awards for its service. The airline has a clear business strategy, with a strong customer service ethos, well trained and motivated staff. Aeroflot is focused on the digitalization of the business process. It is the fourth ranked airline globally for this aspect of the operation. The company is geared around digital transformation. This experience is highly valuable for IATA. Digitalization is one of the industry’s priority goals.  We look to Aeroflot to be a partner in IATA projects, and be at the forefront of the changes that the industry is making to embrace the technology revolution”.

Vitaly Saveliev, Aeroflot CEO said: “Aeroflot’s joining the International Air Transport Association has driven a large scale consolidation of the Russian and global airline industry. IATA’s mission is to represent, lead, and serve the airline industry. Aeroflot fulfils the same mission in this country. Over the years Russia became an integral part of the global aviation, an absolute leader in the dynamic region of Eastern Europe. Aeroflot is actively involved in promotion of IATA’s innovative solutions in the Russian market. For instance, together with IATA we are introducing the modern NDC (New Distribution Capability) standard. Aeroflot gained level 3 NDC certification from IATA”.

Aeroflot joined IATA in October 1989 and was the first Russian carrier to do so, paving the way for other airlines to join, today, 10 airlines represent Russia in IATA. Back in 1989, the airline was at its peak, it was the biggest global airline by passenger numbers. Indeed, in 1990, it entered the Guinness Book of Records as the largest airline in the world – carrying 139 million people that year.  However, after the collapse of the USSR, passenger traffic fell dramatically,  down to its lowest point of 3 million passengers in 1994. As Russian has developed, so to has Aeroflot,  in 2017, together with its subsidiaries, the firm transported 50.1 million passengers and reentered the top 20 largest airline groups in the world in terms of passenger traffic. By its centenary in 2023 the Aeroflot Group is set to carry 90-100 million passengers! 

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