MOSCOW, June 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --
PJSC Aeroflot (Moscow Exchange ticker: AFLT) is pleased to note that its Pobeda subsidiary has significantly strengthened its position in the global rating of budget and leisure carriers by Airline Business magazine, climbing the most of any airline in the rankings.
Pobeda carried 3.1 million passengers in 2015 - its first full year of operations - and rose 29 places to 71st overall in the authoritative survey.
The airline's success once again underscores the viability of and high levels of demand for the low-cost model in Russia. Pobeda today is an essential part of the Russian aviation sector and is one of the country's leading airlines by passenger numbers, helping to increase social mobility and support economic growth by helping keep the costs of air transportation affordable.
Russia's first low-cost carrier, Pobeda was launched in late 2014 amid challenging economic conditions and has swiftly built a network of almost 40 unique destinations. In 2016 the airline plans to grow passenger numbers by about a million to carry 4 million passengers.
Aeroflot is Russia's flagship carrier and one of the largest airline groups in Europe. In 2015, Aeroflot carried 26.1 million passengers (39.4 million passengers as Aeroflot Group including subsidiaries), a record for any Russian airline. A proud member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance, Aeroflot and its partners serve 1,057 destinations in 179 countries worldwide. Aeroflot operates one of the youngest fleets in the world, numbering 170 Airbus, Boeing and Sukhoi airliners. Aeroflot is among the global leaders in aviation safety. The company's European Community Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft (SAFA) Index, which is the main globally recognized safety parameter, is comparable to global peers. The first Russian carrier to enter the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) register, renewing its registration for the sixth time in 2015, Aeroflot has successfully passed the IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) and is fully ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004 compliant. In 2015 Aeroflot was named by SKYTRAX as the Best Airline in Eastern Europe for the fourth time and for the first time was ranked among TOP-10 airlines with Best Airline Cuisine according to Global Traveler. Find more at http://www.aeroflot.com.