Aeroflot´s capacity on Europe-Asia flights over 4,000 kilometres grew 12% versus Summer 2016, according to data from OAG Schedules Analyser, the airline said.
The Russian flag carrier has overtaken last year´s top airline for Europe-Asia capacity, Lufthansa, the data shows.
Aeroflot flies to 52 non-Russian destinations in Europe and 13 non-Russian destinations in Asia, including four Chinese cities – Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Guangzhou. Boosting transit traffic between Europe and Asia is a strategic priority for the airline, as it takes advantage of its modern and favourably positioned hub at Moscow´s Sheremetyevo airport.
Long-haul capacity connecting Europe and Asia is set to grow by 6% overall this year, according to anna.aero´s analysis of OAG data. This compares to 2% growth in both 2016 and 2015.
Aeroflot is increasingly recognised as a leader in the Asian market. In April 2017, Aeroflot was named Favourite International Airline in China at the prestigious Flyer Awards in Shanghai. Aeroflot Russian Airlines traffic as measured by passengers carried grew by 13.1% in the first five months of 2017. Aeroflot Group passengers carried increased by 15.9% over the same period.
Aeroflot is a member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance. Aeroflot and its partners serve 1,062 destinations in 177 countries worldwide.