MOSCOW, June 18, 2015 /CNW/ - JSC Aeroflot (Moscow Exchange ticker: AFLT) has, for the fourth time, been named Best Airline in Eastern Europe at the Skytrax World Airline Awards 2015.
This prestigious recognition is bestowed annually on the best airlines in the world by Skytrax, a British firm renowned across the global airline industry for its customer service ratings. The 2015 World Airline Award Ceremony took place today at the Paris Air Show.
Aeroflot was named the Best Airline in Eastern Europe for the third year in a row and the fourth time in its history. No other air carrier in Central or Eastern Europe has ever achieved such result.
Known as the "Oscars of Aviation", Skytrax's World Airline Awards have been granted every year since 1999 on the basis of the world's most comprehensive passenger satisfaction surveys. The poll covers more than 160 countries and involves up to 20 million participants. More than 240 airlines - including about a dozen from Russia - competed across a range of categories.
Aeroflot's win in the East European region confirms its reputation as one of the best airlines in Europe. It boasts the youngest aircraft fleet in the world among major air carriers (among fleets of at least 100 aircraft). Industry surveys show that the Russian flagship carrier provides premium-quality onboard service in both economy and business class. Onboard catering invariably getting thumbs up for its expansive food selection, exceptional taste and nutrition as well as regular menu updates that give Aeroflot a competitive edge over its peers. Customers appreciate a cozy and hospitable onboard environment. This year alone has twice seen Aeroflot taking top positions in global airline ratings of most attractive, stylish and best-dressed flight attendants.
"Winning the award for Best East European Airline for the fourth time is momentous for Aeroflot," said Vitaly Saveliev, Chief Executive Officer of Aeroflot. "To be a repeated Skytrax winner is a great honour. Aeroflot's sole aim is to become better, more efficient, more creative - and to offer our customers a world-class level of service. We are determined to achieve new victories, more recognition, including boosting our service offering".
Aeroflot is Russia's flagship carrier and one of the largest airline groups in Europe. In 2014, Aeroflot carried 23.6 million passengers (34.7 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 1,052 destinations in 177 countries worldwide. Aeroflot operates the youngest fleet in the World (among the major airlines), numbering 160 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. Find more at http://www.aeroflot.com.