News: Saveliev reappointed chief executive at Aeroflot for new five-year term

The Aeroflot board has re-elected Vitaly Saveliev to the role of chief executive for a term of five years.

The appointment was approved at a meeting of the board chaired by Mikhail Poluboyarinov, following a directive from the Russian government.

Saveliev has led Aeroflot since his appointment on in April 2009.

At that time, the company was considered a regional carrier by global standards, with passenger traffic of 8.6 million (11.1 million including subsidiaries).

In 2010 Russian president, Vladimir Putin, tasked Vitaly Saveliev with creating Russia’s first full-fledged airline group.

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The state transferred a number of regional carriers to Aeroflot’s management and from these assets the construction of Aeroflot Group began.

Following the transformation, the group now includes Russia’s second biggest airline Rossiya Airlines (created from St. Petersburg-based regional airline Rossiya, as well as Donavia and Orenburg Airlines) and Far Eastern airline Aurora (created out of SAT Airlines and Vladivostok Avia).

The creation of Russia’s first-ever genuine low-cost carrier, Pobeda, as part of Aeroflot Group represented a genuine breakthrough.

Pobeda launched its first flight on in December 2014.

Under Vitaly Saveliev Aeroflot has become the largest operator of modern Russian aircraft.

The company operates 50 of the latest Sukhoi Superjet 100.

In the coming years the company is expected to take delivery of 50 MC-21.

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