The FINANCIAL -- Аeroflot – Russian airlines, from November, 27 2007 to January, 8 2008 to fly the pilgrims from Russia on hadj to Jidda and back, company said on Friday. On especially organized TU-154 aircrafts Aeroflot will fly nearly 1600 pilgrims.
The first route Mineralnie Vodi-Jidda-Mineralnie Vodi will take place on November, 27 at 3 a.m. Arrival to Jidda is expected at 7a.m. (local time).
The carrier thinks to perform 24 paired flights (12 flights on transporting the pilgrims to Jidda and 12 - transporting the pilgrims back) for people in Chechnya and the Kabardino-Balkarian Republic.Aeroflot has the collaboration experience with the Russian hadj mission, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, the State Parliament (Gosduma) and authorities in Chechnya in performing repeated flights for pilgrims on hadj.
Aeroflot-Russian Airlines” (AFLT)-the undisputed leader in the civil aviation in Russia, the national carrier. Being the largest airline company on the territory of the country, transports over 7 million people a year, together with associated companies – about 9million, that makes 23% of the Russian air transport passengers. Possessing a park of 81 aircraft, the group arranges its own flights in 93 directions in 47 countries (302 flights, in total). It controls 51% of the Russian market of international flights, almost 12% of domestic flights. Net profit in 2006 was 7.9 billions of rubles. (Consolidated profit for Aeroflot group constituted 258.1 million USD by IFRS).
Aeroflot presents as one of the oldest airlines companies and is one of the most famous brands in the world.
The Company was founded in 1923 with headquarters in Moscow in the Sheremetyevo International Airport. Aeroflot was the first airlines company in Russia to join the SkyTeam global alliance in 2006.