MUNICH - May 11, 2011 - Aeroflot Russian Airlines has completed preparations for joining the global airline alliance SkyTeam Cargo. The announcement was made today by Oleg Korolev, Cargo Director, during a joining ceremony which was held at the Air Cargo Europe in Munich, Germany. Aeroflot is the ninth airline to join the global air cargo alliance.
"Aeroflot has been an important member of SkyTeam's passenger alliance for many years and we welcome its decision to join the cargo part of the alliance, extending the strategic growth and network cooperation opportunities SkyTeam offers to our customers," said Neel Shah, SkyTeam Cargo Executive Board member and senior vice president and Chief Cargo Officer for Delta Air Lines.
Aeroflot's prime position in the Russian market, and central hub connecting Europe to the Middle East and Asia, will allow SkyTeam Cargo to benefit from growing world air cargo traffic demands," said Mr. Korolev of Aeroflot.
Membership with the alliance will allow Aeroflot to:
Soon after joining SkyTeam Cargo Aeroflot will launch four new cargo products – Dimension (general cargo), Variation (specialty cargo), Cohesion (Just-In-Time cargo) and Equation (express cargo) – and harmonize cargo carriage and handling practises with the SkyTeam Cargo standards which are mandatory for all other alliance members.
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Aeroflot - Russia's leading air carrier, member of the global SkyTeam alliance with a consolidated route network covering 898 destinations in 169 countries. In 2010, the Aeroflot Group carried 14.07 million passengers. Aeroflot is the first Russian carrier to have entered the IOSA Registry, and to have regularly confirmed the certificate. Aeroflot has successfully passed the ISAGO (IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations) procedure. The company's Quality Management System is certified for compliance with ISO 9001:2008. Aeroflot enters the world top 25 airlines by Air Transport World magazine for financial and economic results ("operating profit" and "net profit" category) in 2009. Aeroflot operates one of Europe's youngest air fleets that consists of 104 aircraft. Aeroflot is based in Moscow, in Sheremetyevo International Airport. Find more atwww.aeroflot.ru.
SkyTeam Cargo, launched in September 2000, includes members Aeromexico Cargo, Air France Cargo, Alitalia Cargo, China Southern Cargo, Czech Airlines Cargo, Delta Cargo, KLM Cargo and Korean Air Cargo. The airlines' cargo divisions partnered to provide customers with access to a global route network, standardized operational processes and 'one roof' warehouse handling services. The components of SkyTeam Cargo ensure seamless cargo coordination and delivery throughout the alliance's global network. The unique product portfolio range is commonly offered by all eight airlines partners to their customers. www.skyteamcargo.com