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MOSCOW – Aeroflot announces the launch of its Winter 2017-2018 Schedule, which will operate from 29 October 2017 through 24 March 2018.

The winter 2017/2018 season includes Aeroflot – Russian Airlines flights to 137 destinations in 51 countries, including 50 routes inside Russia, 15 routes to seven CIS countries and 72 other international flights. These include 50 routes to European destinations, 13 routes to Asia, five routes to the Americas and four routes to the Middle East. 

This winter Aeroflot will launch twice-weekly service between Moscow and Ulyanovsk, with the launch date to be announced in due course.

Of particular note for Aeroflot’s winter schedule are increased frequencies on existing routes. Compared to summer 2017, Aeroflot will increase frequencies by seven flights per week to five domestic destinations: Krasnoyarsk (from 21 to 27 flights per week), Perm (from 30 to 37 flights per week), Rostov (from 42 to 49 flights per week), Surgut (from 14 to 21 flights per week) and Chelyabinsk (from 28 to 35 flights per week). An additional daily flight will be added from Moscow to: Budapest (an increase from 14 to 21 flights per week), Dubai (from 14 to 21), Milan (from 28 to 35), Istanbul (from 21 to 28) and Helsinki (from 14 to 21).

As a result of seasonal demand, Aeroflot will increase service to the Maldives capital Male from two times per week to five times per week. Aeroflot has extended its promotion for passengers travelling to and from Male, Bangkok, Phuket and Ho Chi Minh City, offering free shipping of one set of surfing or diving equipment weighing up to 23 kilograms.

Aeroflot – Russian Airline’s expansive route network is supplemented by service offered by Aeroflot subsidiary companies. In winter 2017/2018 Rossiya Airlines will fly 57 routes. Rossiya will fly to 41 domestic and international destinations from its St. Petersburg hub, with particularly popular destinations including Simferopol, Sochi, Krasnodar, Rome, Milan, Paris, Geneva, Berlin, Prague and Tel-Aviv. Rossiya will fly from Moscow’s Vnukovo airport to Crimea, to the Krasnodar region and to cities in Russia’s Far East. Rossiya will also fly from Rostov and Simferopol to Tel-Aviv.

Aurora Airlines offers a wide range of travel options to Russia’s Far East. This winter Aurora will fly long-haul flights from Vladivostok, Khabarovsk and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk as well as routes within the Far East region. 

Low-cost carrier Pobeda is likewise developing a unique route network, flying to 47 destinations both in Russia and internationally.

In winter 2017-2018 Aeroflot Group, not inclusive of Pobeda, will fly its own scheduled flights on 210 routes (196 non-repetitive routes) to 51 countries.

Aeroflot Group’s offerings are enhanced by code-sharing agreements with partner airlines that cover an additional 173 destinations. Code-sharing agreements allow Aeroflot to offer travel to an additional 19 countries: Albania, Algeria, Australia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Cambodia, Ghana, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Kenya, Luxemburg, Macedonia, Malta, Morocco, Myanmar, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia and Tunisia.

In total, counting partner airline flights, Aeroflot Group in winter 2017-2018 will fly 383 routes (369 non-repetitive routes) to 70 countries, including Russia.

Aeroflot Group Passenger Traffic Up 16.8% in 9M 2017
Aeroflot PJSC announces operating results for Aeroflot Group (“the Group”) and Aeroflot – Russian Airlines (“the Company”) for September and the first nine months of 2017.

January–September 2017 Operating Highlights
In the first nine months of 2017, Aeroflot Group carried 38.3 million passengers, up 16.8% year-on-year. Aeroflot airline carried 24.8 million passengers, a year-on-year increase of 14.2%.

Group and Company RPKs increased by 18.0% and 11.6% year-on-year, respectively. ASKs rose by 16.2% year-on-year for Aeroflot Group and by 10.6% for Aeroflot airline. 

The passenger load factor increased by 1.3 p.p. year-on-year to 83.7% for the Group and by 0.8 p.p. year-on-year to 82.8% for the Company.

September 2017 Operating Highlights
In September 2017, Aeroflot Group carried 4.8 million passengers, up 14.8% year-on-year. Aeroflot airline carried 3.0 million passengers, a year-on-year increase of 11.9%. 

Group and Company RPKs increased by 14.4% and 8.4% year-on-year, respectively. ASKs rose by 15.0% year-on-year for Aeroflot Group and by 10.2% for Aeroflot airline.

On domestic routes, Group passengers carried and RPKs grew by 8.4% and 8.6% year-on-year, respectively. ASKs grew by 10.2% year-on-year. Company passengers carried and RPKs on domestic routes were up 10.2% and 4.4% year-on-year, respectively. ASKs grew by 7.2%.
In September 2017, the number of passengers carried on the Group’s international routes increased by 23.6% year-on-year. RPKs increased by 19.2%, while capacity grew by 18.8%. The number of passengers carried by Aeroflot airline on international routes increased by 13.6%. RPKs increased by 10.7% and ASKs by 11.8%. Growth in the international segment was driven by stable demand in the context of a strengthening ruble, increased flight frequencies and the launch of flights to new international destinations, as well as the development of Rossiya’s partnerships with tour operators and of Pobeda’s international route network.

The passenger load factor decreased by 0.5 p.p. year-on-year to 85.4% for the Group. For the Company the passenger load factor decreased by 1.4 p.p. year-on-year to 84.0%. Passenger load factor normalisation due to high base effect was primarily driven by domestic routes (in September 2016, Group total passenger load factor reached 85.9%, up 4.6 p.p. year-on-year).

Fleet Update
In September 2017, the Group added eight aircraft: four Airbus A320, two SSJ100, one Boeing 737-800 and one Airbus A321. Overall, since the start of the year the Group fleet increased by 23 aircraft, bringing the total fleet to 308 aircraft as of 30 September 2017 (excluding one An-24 which was leased out and six An-148 which were subleased).

In September 2017, Aeroflot airline added eight aircraft: four Airbus A320, two SSJ100, one Boeing 737-800 and one Airbus A321. Overall, since the start of the year the fleet of Aeroflot airline increased by 21 aircraft, bringing the total fleet to 210 aircraft as of 30 September 2017.

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