wgw2707
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Know Anything About Aeroflot?

Tue May 18, 2004 2:03 pm

There seems to be a definite lack of information about Aeroflot's current operations on the web, hence I am going to have to use this forum to ask these questions. Would any of you happen to know:

*Is Aeroflot generally a profitable airline?

*Is the airline privately held or still in state ownership?

*What is the route network like considering that most regional directorates became independent airlines with the collapse of the USSR?

*What is the service like on the Aeroflot of today? Does it compare well with other international carriers?

*How much of a marketshare does Aeroflot hold in Russia? What markets do they dominate?

I apologize for having to ask these here...but Aeroflot's website isn't exactly helpful when it comes to information about the company and in general there seems to be a shortage of information about the modern day operations of the airline...

I will certainly be thankful if anyone can answer these questions.

-WGW2707
 
afay1
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RE: Know Anything About Aeroflot?

Tue May 18, 2004 3:10 pm

First off, Aeroflot's actual, as opposed to ad hoc, website is www.aeroflot.ru and is not too bad, much of this info is on it.

1. It is an extremely profitable carrier as they are not dependent on transatlantic routes, pay lower landing fees, own many of their aircraft, can pay their workforce less, and food is cheap. They also have a stranglehold on many routes, often in collusion with western carriers (i.e. Air France, LOT, and Delta).

2. I believe it is 51% state controlled, the rest private, which of course has many advantages and disadvantages.

3. The route network is growing again, and is pretty good internationally. Their website does not have a map, which is annoying. They have cut back on their US operations, with only JFK, LAX, SEA, and IAD still operating. Domestically, they are adding capacity and routes as fast as possible.

4. Service onboard domestically and internationally compares favorably, especially in the food area, to any international carrier. Ground service often does not, but their call centers are usually very helpful, and really, if you fly Aeroflot it is disappointing to not come away with any war stories.

5. They dominate the international market, but have been surpassed by Sibir (S7) in domestic passenger carriage.

Hope this helps...
 
ben
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RE: Know Anything About Aeroflot?

Tue May 18, 2004 6:10 pm

To add to Afay's post:

*What is the route network like considering that most regional directorates became independent airlines with the collapse of the USSR?

The 'Aeroflot Russian Airlines' of today came from the Moscow Sheremetyevo based international unit of the Soviet Aeroflot. There were a few non-SVO assets, routes, and aircraft included but the directorate was mostly SVO-based aircraft.

There has been organic growth since then, mostly domestic routes. The old Aeroflot SVO division only had minimal inter-USSR routes, mostly to other Soviet capitals and the Russian far-east.

In comparison to airlines in other parts of the world? No problem. I have had nothing but excellent experiences with Aeroflot. I highly recommend them to anyone. Unfortunately I can't say the same about Malaysia Airlines.

[Edited 2004-05-18 11:14:56]
 
wgw2707
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RE: Know Anything About Aeroflot?

Tue May 25, 2004 4:44 pm

Interesting.

Would it be possible to describe Aeroflot's route network as having an SVO hub then? Do they fly any substantial number of non-SVO routes?

-WGW2707
 
squirrel83
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RE: Know Anything About Aeroflot?

Tue May 25, 2004 4:48 pm

I know they have nice aircraft some that are new, and they dont take care of them. .
A346, 7E7, 747, 777, Sonic Cruiser
 
PC12Driver
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RE: Know Anything About Aeroflot?

Tue May 25, 2004 5:01 pm

I know they have nice aircraft some that are new, and they dont take care of them.

Gee, let's keep perpetuating this nonsense, why don't we?
Fact is, Aeroflot aircraft are as well maintained as those of any other major air carrier.
 
backfire
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RE: Know Anything About Aeroflot?

Tue May 25, 2004 5:27 pm

Aeroflot's profit in 2003 was just under 4 billion roubles (about $138m).

The Russian Government holds a 51% share of Aeroflot. Another 38% is held by institutional investors and the other 11% is owned by private individuals.
 
ra-85154
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RE: Know Anything About Aeroflot?

Tue May 25, 2004 9:24 pm

I know they have nice aircraft some that are new, and they dont take care of them.

LOL, needless to say we can ignore this comment anyway...hello Squirrel please wake up and open you're eyes...Aeroflot is about to become a Sky Team member!!

http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/040524/clm007_1.html
http://www.aeroflot.ru/

About Aeroflot

Moscow-based Open Joint Stock Company Aeroflot-Russian Airlines (RTS: AFLT) was established in 1923. Nowadays it is the biggest international and domestic air carrier in Russia. The Russian government controls 51% of Aeroflot. It flies passengers and cargo to 88 destinations in 42 countries accounting for 39% of international and 11% of domestic air travel. In 2003, Aeroflot carried 5.8 million passengers, posting a net profit of 4.0 billion rubles (in accordance with the Russian Accounting Standard: 1 euro = 34.8 rubles). Aeroflot has the most numerous (92 aircraft) fleet of Airbus, Boeing and modernized Russian built aircraft. By the year 2007 Aeroflot plans to build its own terminal in Sheremetyevo airport. For further information, visit the websites at Aeroflot.ru, aeroflotbonus.ru.

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