Vietnam Airlines has launched a codeshare partnership with Russian flag-carrier Aeroflot. The deal covers both domestic and international routes in Vietnam and Russia and offers customers enhanced connectivity between several destinations in both countries.
Flight SU1515 had been on route from the Siberian city of Surgut to Moscow before making an emergency landing at Khanty-Mansiysk earlier today.
Andrey Panov has been appointed to the role of deputy chief executive strategy and marketing at Aeroflot Group. The appointment was approved by the board of directors earlier.
Aeroflot Group carried 51.4 million passengers in the first 11 months of 2018, up 10.8 per cent year-on-year. Aeroflot itself carried 32.8 million passengers, a year-on-year increase of 8.5 per cent.
In one of the stranger stories of the day, Aeroflot has registered its own Shalaika breed of sniffer dogs with the Russian Cynological Federation.
Starting from October 28th, Aeroflot will launch regular flights between Moscow Sheremetyevo and Dubai World Central, the airline’s second destination in the United Arab Emirates.
The deal was signed by Aeroflot chief executive Vitaly Saveliev and president of United Aircraft Corporation, Yury Slyusar, during the Eastern Economic Forum in the presence of president of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin.
According to the deal, from 2019, the two airlines will seek to begin codesharing on domestic routes in Vietnam and Russia and expand their cooperation across several areas of the business.
The Aeroflot board has re-elected Vitaly Saveliev to the role of chief executive for a term of five years. The appointment was approved at a meeting of the board chaired by Mikhail Poluboyarinov, following a directive from the Russian government.
Aeroflot has once again been named the world’s strongest airline brand by Brand Finance, the leading independent brand valuation consultancy.
Aeroflot has reported a 40 per cent drop in annual profits, pressured by mounting costs. Net profit at Russia’s largest airline fell to R23.06 billion ($409 million) in 2017, down from a record of R38.8 billion roubles it had reported a year earlier.
Aeroflot will become the largest customer for the latest Russian-built medium-range aircraft, the MC-21, following a deal between the flag-carrier and Rostec. Under the terms of the order, Rostec, a leasing subsidiary of Aviacapital-Service, will supply Aeroflot with 50 MC-21-300 aircraft.