Aeroflot has achieved a key strategic milestone and has once again occupied a spot among the world´s top 20 airlines by passenger traffic, returning to this group for the first time in nearly 30 years, the company said.
According to data compiled by Flight Airline Business, an authoritative aviation publication, Aeroflot Group in 2016 ranked 18th among global carriers in terms of passengers carried during the year.
In addition, the Group was ranked 20th in the world in terms of traffic as measured by revenue passenger kilometres.
These achievements mean that Aeroflot has delivered on one of the key strategic targets of its 2025 Strategy – to become one of the top-20 global airlines by passenger traffic – significantly ahead of schedule.
In its analysis of the ranking, Flight Airline Business underscored the breakthrough character of Aeroflot´s achievement amidst a challenging backdrop. The publication wrote, “Russian operators enjoyed a bright return to profits, after the exchange rate and geopolitical challenges that hit carrier fortunes. Aeroflot, for example, turned a net loss of Rb 6.5 billion (USD 108 mln) in 2015 to a profit of Rb 38.8 billion last year.”
Passengers carried globally increased by 6% year-on-year in 2016, reaching 3.4 billion, according to the publication. Aeroflot Group saw passenger traffic increase by 10.3% in the same period, nearly twice the pace of global growth.
Aeroflot is Russia´s flagship carrier and a proud member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance. Aeroflot and its partners serve 1,062 destinations in 177 countries worldwide. In 2016, Aeroflot carried 29 million passengers (43.4 million passengers as Aeroflot Group including subsidiaries).
Aeroflot became the first Russian airline to be awarded Four Star Airline status by Skytrax in recognition of the high-quality of its customer service. In 2017, Aeroflot was named Best Airline in Eastern Europe for the sixth time at the Skytrax World Airline Awards.
In 2017, Aeroflot was named the most powerful brand in Russia and the world´s strongest airline brand by valuation and strategy consultancy Brand Finance. Aeroflot was also named Best Major Airline in Europe by TripAdvisor travellers and recognised as the Favourite International Airline in China at the Flyer Award Ceremony 2017.
Aeroflot operates one of the youngest fleets in the world with 199 aircraft. Aeroflot is based in Moscow, at Sheremetyevo International Airport.
Aeroflot is among the global leaders in aviation safety, with a European Community Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft (SAFA) Index, the main globally recognized safety parameter, comparable to global peers.