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Court Finds Passenger Vladimir Kolotygin Guilty of Disruptive Behaviour

Moscow – WEBWIRE

Kamchatka Region Court found passenger Vladimir Kolotygin guilty of crimes under articles 213 (“Hooliganism”) and 116 (“Beatings”) of the Russian Criminal Code.

Vladimir Alexandrov, Aeroflot’s Deputy CEO for Legal and Property Matters, said:

“Thanks to the consistent actions of the airline, aimed at ensuring that no case of dangerous disruptive behaviour on board goes unpunished, the court has not only sentenced Mr. Kolotygin to 180 hours of community service, but has also ordered the accused to pay 150 thousand rubles in damages to the flight attendant. The recent changes to Russian law are clear: disruptive passengers on board will now bear real responsibility for their actions. The airline will continue to protect its employees and ensure that disruptive passengers pay compensation for damages, as well as fines proportionate to the degree of offense, in accordance with the law.”

Aeroflot previously reported the incident, which occurred on January 15 on flight SU1730 from Moscow to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. Business class passenger Kolotygin, who boarded the plane in a clear state of alcoholic intoxication, disturbed the public order, insulted the crew and, finally losing control of himself, struck a flight attendant in the face with his fist.

Aeroflot will continue closely monitoring compliance with safety regulations on board, opposing those who violate these rules, and protecting the right of passengers to comfortable and safe flights. The active work of the airline in this area has led to an amendment of the Russian Criminal Code, with tougher penalties for disruptive behaviour on public transport. Aeroflot also reminds passengers that from June 2018, Russian airlines will legally be able to blacklist offenders and deny them future transportation.

 About Aeroflot

Aeroflot is Russia’s flagship carrier and a proud member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance. Aeroflot and its partners serve 1,074 destinations in 177 countries worldwide. In 2017, Aeroflot carried 32.8 million passengers (50.1 million passengers as Aeroflot Group including subsidiaries).

Aeroflot became the first Russian airline to be awarded Four Star Airline status by Skytrax in recognition of the high-quality of its customer service. In 2017, Aeroflot was named Best Airline in Eastern Europe for the sixth time at the Skytrax World Airline Awards.

In 2017, Aeroflot was named the most powerful brand in Russia and the world’s strongest airline brand by leading valuation and strategy consultancy Brand Finance. Aeroflot was also named Best Major Airline in Europe by TripAdvisor travellers and recognised as the Favourite International Airline in China at the Flyer Award Ceremony 2017.

Aeroflot operates one of the youngest fleets in the world with 230 aircraft. Aeroflot is based in Moscow, at Sheremetyevo International Airport.

Aeroflot is among the global leaders in aviation safety, with a European Community Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft (SAFA) Index, the main globally recognized safety parameter, comparable to global peers.

The first Russian carrier to enter the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) register, renewing its registration for the seventh time in 2017, Aeroflot has successfully passed the IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) and is fully ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2004 compliant.

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