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    On August 26, Russian President Vladimir Putin met with the head of the Aeroflot company, Sergei Aleksandrovsky, who, according to Kommersant‘s special correspondent , shared with the head of state an unusual and bewitching breadth of plans in modern times.

    The sky that Russia can afford to explore shrank like shagreen skin in February of this year, and it seemed that it would never recover to its former size. It hasn’t stopped, the country’s southern airports have been closed for many months, like Western European ones (for Russia), but it’s no longer necessary. In order to rush up, and not in breadth, as it turned out, Sergey Aleksandrovsky had to come to Aeroflot.

    And now it’s obvious: if a person like Marat Khusnullin is building on the ground ( Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation.— Kommersant), but Sergei Aleksandrovsky reigns supreme in the sky.

    I think that before the meeting, of course, briefed by those who understand this. And the main idea of ​​the briefings was that the president and the country now need good news.

    Sergey Aleksandrovsky:

    — In general, I assess the situation very positively and stably, especially within the framework of 2022!

    This, let me remind you, about the planes that a few months ago stood up tightly, and before that they simply didn’t fly during the pandemic for two years.

    But now everything is different:

    — We are actively flying thanks to state support measures, first of all, of course, your support, Vladimir Vladimirovich, and the government of the Russian Federation. one phrase – and about the president about what is always in place, and about the government, and about state support, and about “actively flying.” , – in terms of passenger traffic, this is 50 billion, more subsidies were allocated to and the return of Aeroflot group tickets – 15 billion (rubles – Kommersant), we have already received 12.5 billion! It was also decided to increase the authorized capital of Aeroflot Group, Aeroflot directly, in order to close our debts under letters of credit, we also discussed this at our meetings. All these measures, in my opinion, are sufficient, effective and exhaustive for Aeroflot Group. We have received all the necessary support from the state!

    I did not want to resist. I just wanted to be on the same wavelength with him. More precisely, the frequency.

    —Despite the fact that a number of southern airports are closed,” he said, “we have redirected the demand for demanded alternative directions. We now fly to 111 destinations, which is 18 destinations more than in 2021. In a number of areas, we have significantly increased our volumes, for example, in the Moscow-St. Petersburg direction from 31 frequencies daily to 45 frequencies. In Sochi we have increased from 15 to 25 daily frequencies, in the Mineralnye Vody – from two to eight daily frequencies!

    so.

    —Including measures of support from the state, we were allowed to keep and keep the price offer for our citizens,” Sergey Aleksandrovsky explained. “Everyone predicted that there would be an increase in the cost passenger traffic in 2022. This did not happen! Moreover, for Aeroflot, relative to 2021 by 2022, we note a decrease to 10% by 2021, and by 21% by 2019, which, in the current conditions, is, of course, very much in demand by our citizens!

    Apparently, the citizens lost their nerve, and in the end they flew wherever their eyes looked. Their eyes looked, of course, to the south in the summer.

    – Our most efficient company is the low-cost carrier Pobeda: it has an average load, as in previous years, at the level of 95% – said the head of Aeroflot. – But I can note that Aeroflot this year also has a very high level of load in the summer months. Now it is somewhere between 91-95%. For Aeroflot, this is a very high load. But no, it didn’t. Because they don’t exist.

    – How do you assess the medium-term prospect? Mr. Putin asked.

    — Now our main focus will be on preparing domestic aircraft for operation. Our strategy is now being updated, but it is already fully synchronized with the comprehensive program for the development of the transport industry until 2030,” said the head of Aeroflot. in a new look, with Russian engines, imported aircraft, as well as 40 Tu-214 aircraft.

    —There has not been such an order for a long time! – even Mr. Putin, no doubt, ready in general for what Mr. Aleksandrovsky would say (after all, he was also briefed. – A. K. ), was impressed.

    All this looked meanwhile win-win. And there’s nothing that the MS-21 still doesn’t really exist, especially with Russian engines (which, however, exist, although they are still not certified), and there are too many questions for the Sukhoi Superjet, which is certainly not the standard for import substitution . The order will be placed. True, after that it will have to be fulfilled.

    But – until 2030.

    And in this office the tasks of today were solved. Or rather, yesterday.

    So Vladimir Putin in the same office was once promised that by 2015 fifth-generation fighters would appear in the Russian troops.

    — It certainly is! – Mr. Alexandrovsky agreed. – There were no such orders, in my memory there were definitely no!

    The main thing is that everyone here was very impressed with each other.

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