All I can say is THANK GOD!!!!!!!!! That symbol was insulting, revolting, and represented the streotypical BAD image of the entire airline!!!
Here is the full story:
Smiles replace hammer and sickle at Aeroflot
> MOSCOW, Feb 10 (Reuters) - By the end of this year Aeroflot's logo will no
> longer bear the hammer and sickle -- a symbol of the Soviet era most of
> Russia dropped over a decade ago.
> But the giant state airline, which turns 80 this month, hopes the belated
> change will help banish the visions of scowling cabin staff and rickety
> planes its name conjures up for many travellers.
> The new logo -- still under debate -- is part of Aeroflot's image
> to include staff training in polite and efficient service and cheerier
> uniforms and cabins.
> Founded in the early days of the Soviet era, Aeroflot has more than
> the Union's traumatic collapse 11 years ago.
> The airline, flag carrier for the world's largest country, expects to
> quadruple 2002 net profit to $74.2 million and boost it another 35 percent
> to around $100 million this year.
> And by the end of 2005, it should have a leaner and more fuel-efficient
> fleet, much of it foreign-made.
> "For 70 years, Aeroflot was a state bureaucratic structure that did what
> was told to do by the government," Lev Koshliakov, the company's deputy
> general director told Reuters.
> "Today it's a shareholding managed by modern economic methods on the basis
> of our real market position."
> Aeroflot rode out the global airline crisis that followed the September
> 2001 attacks on the United States much better than its peers because it
> less dependent on transatlantic flights and able to grab market share as
> competitors cut flights to Russia.
> AMBITIOUS GROWTH TARGETS
> Koshliakov said the company intended to secure its ambitious growth
> by restructuring its fleet and cutting costs.
> Aeroflot's fleet now consists of 27 Boeings and Airbuses along with over
> Russian aircraft, some of which are grounded because they are old.
> By December 2005 it will comprise 18 Airbuses and nine Boeings through
> different leasing arrangements but only around 50 Russian planes will
> "We're just beginning the fleet restructuring project, but we hope it will
> eventually lead to a considerable reduction in leasing costs, about $100
> million a year," Koshliakov said.
> Growing financial prosperity has led to grumbles of discontent among
> who earn anything between $400 and $3,000 a month, and feel they deserve a
> piece of the improving action.
> Aeroflot began pay talks this month with unions representing a third of
> 15,000 staff who are threatening to strike.
> The dispute coincides with looming strike action at mining giant Norilsk
> Nickel and is another example of Russian workers flexing their collective
> muscle to squeeze more money from their employers.
> Koshliakov was confident that a strike would be averted.
> "We have no reason to think the threat to strike will be fulfilled, we are
> in dialogue with the unions to solve the problems," he said.
> LEAVING BAD OLD DAYS BEHIND
> Customers are slowly coming around to the idea that Aeroflot might have
> moved away from the bad old days of the early 1990s when the company had
> split into hundreds of tiny "babyflots," many operating just one or two
> Russian airline safety hit rock bottom during that period of economic
> Industry analysts say safety has been a major problem since then because
> vast majority of Russia's civil fleet was built before the collapse. Few
> carriers have the money to buy new planes or to modernise existing ones.
> Aeroflot's head Valery Okulov has repeatedly urged the government to
> safety standards and force bankrupt carriers out of business.
> At least 10 crashes involving Tupolev 154s, the workhorse of the Russian
> fleet, were recorded between 1990 and 1995.
> "I don't think they deserve their much-maligned reputation anymore, I fly
> London from Moscow on Aeroflot rather than British Airways," said one
> Moscow-based foreign businessman, though he added that service could be
> Aeroflot, which usually offers cheaper flights, scored well on consumer
> sites, although again service was seen as its weak point.
> Koshliakov said the company was struggling to change the perceptions of
> travellers and of its staff.
> "You have to understand that in Soviet literature and Soviet society no
> was supposed to serve anyone else and so the most despised professions
> the service ones," he said.
"Clive Beddoe says he favours competition, but his actions do not support that idea." Robert Milton - CEO Air Canada