MOSCOW, 12 July 2017: Aeroflot’s capacity on Europe-Asia flights grew 12% when compared with summer 2016, according to data from OAG Schedules Analyser.
Data showed that the Russian flag carrier has overtaken Lufthansa, last year’s top airline offering Europe-Asia seat capacity for the summer months.
“Growing transit capacity on routes between Europe and Asia is one of our highest strategic priorities, and this data clearly illustrates the success of our efforts,” said Aeroflot CEO Vitaly Saveliev.
Aeroflot flies to 52 non-Russian destinations in Europe and 13 non-Russian destinations in Asia, including four Chinese cities – Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Guangzhou.
Boosting transit traffic between Europe and Asia is a strategic priority for the airline, as it takes advantage of its favourably positioned hub at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport.
Long-haul capacity connecting Europe and Asia is set to grow by 6% overall, this year, according to an analysis of OAG data. This compares to 2% growth in both 2016 and 2015.
Aeroflot is increasingly recognised as a leader in the Asian market. In April 2017, Aeroflot was named Favourite International Airline in China at the prestigious Flyer Awards in Shanghai.
Aeroflot Russian Airlines traffic, measured by passengers carried, grew by 13.1% in the first five months of 2017. The Aeroflot Group increased its passengers carried by 15.9% over the same period.
Aeroflot is Russia’s flagship carrier and a member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance. It carried 29 million passengers (43.4 million passengers as Aeroflot Group including subsidiaries).
Earlier this year, Aeroflot was named best airline in eastern Europe for the sixth time at the Skytrax World Airline Awards.