9 October 2013
Russian Olympic Committee and Aeroflot sign deal for delivery of Russian Olympic delegation to Sochi
On Wednesday, October 9, President of the Russian Olympic Committee Aleksander Zhukov and OJSC Aeroflot – Russian Airlines Director General Vitaly Savelyev signed an agreement for the delivery of the Russian official delegation to the XXII Winter Olympics, which will be held on February 7-23, 2014.
Under this agreement over 800 athletes, members of the official delegation, and sizable and transportation-fragile special luggage will be brought to the Olympic Capital using Aeroflot flights (regular and additional).
The Russian Olympic Committee has traditionally cooperated with Aeroflot, a most reliable and safe company, since 1994. Support of Russian sports and physical culture is one of Aeroflot’s priorities.
During the XXII Olympic Winter Games the Aeroflot plans to make the air traffic with Sochi more intensive, increasing the number of daily flights to 12, including ‘the Olympic air bridge’ with Europe – direct flights to Sochi from Frankfurt am Main, which will be introduced particularly for the time of the Olympics, as well as additional flights, on which comfortable wide-body airliners Boeing777-300ER will be used. This will let us satisfy the growing demand for the travel destination and provide the passengers with convenient connections with federal and international flights in Moscow.
On-board the Sochi flights passengers will have a chance to try special food prepared by chefs from popular restaurants and to buy souvenirs with Olympic symbols.
“By signing this partner agreement the Russian Olympic Committee and Aeroflot will continue their cooperation within the Russian Olympic movement. The new agreement is a natural result of many years of effective cooperation. It’s a foundation new common projects and for further development. We are glad that our long-term partners will stay with us”, – said Aleksandr Zhukov, the President of the Russian Olympic Committee.
“Olympiad is a matter of prestige for the whole of Russia. It’s also a matter of reputation for Aeroflot as a national carrier. Aeroflot has a long-standing tradition of supporting sports and the Olympic movement. It’s part of our history and corporate philosophy. I think that this agreement provides a basis for further effective cooperation for the benefit of national sports and for strengthening the international image of Russia”, – said Vitaly Savelyev, Aeroflot Director General, at the signing ceremony.
RUSSIAN OLYMPIC COMMITTEE All-Russian Union of Public Associations “Russian Olympic Committee” (ROC) is a public association – a legal entities union – of public sports associations. ROC is a voluntary, non-governmental, self-regulated, non-profit sports association which is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
See www.olympic.ru for more details.
AEROFLOT, a leader of Russia’s air fleet, is a member of SkyTeam, the global airline alliance. The combined route network consists of 1,000 points in 178 countries. In 2012 Aeroflot carried 17.7 million passengers (27.5 million passengers as Aeroflot Group).
In 2013 Aeroflot got its second international SkyTrax World Airline Award in the category “The Best Airline in Eastern Europe”. Aeroflot operates one of the youngest aircraft fleets in Europe counting 139 aircraft. Aeroflot is based in Moscow International Airport Sheremetyevo.
Aeroflot was the first Russian carrier to enter the IOSA Registry, and has been consistently re-attested. Aeroflot has successfully passed the ISAGO (IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations) procedure. It has a single certificate of compliance with the requirements of ISO 9001:2008.
Aeroflot, has been awarded General Partner status for the XXII Olympic Winter and XI Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi in the Passenger Air Transportation Services category.