"Aeroflot" begins downsizing

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In addition, the company gives up the destinations that don`t cover the fuel costs and the salary of the crew

JSC "Aeroflot - Russian Airlines" has started to reduce its staff, said the CEO of the company Vitaly Savelyev in his interview with "Rossiya 24".

Answering the question about optimizing the staff in times of crisis, he said that "we have already begun this optimization."

According to Savelyev, the anti-crisis program of "Aeroflot" includes three "packages". "Unfortunately, we had to open the first package, the one that provides for the staff optimization, and this optimization is already put into practice in "Donavia","Orenburg Airlines ", the airlines "Rossiya" and "Aeroflot" start implementing this practice. I want to emphasize that we don`t lay off the operating personnel: pilots, engineers, technicians and the ground staff. This is mainly the office staff," he said.

In addition, "Aeroflot" gives up the destinations that don`t cover the fuel costs and the salary of the crew. According to Savelyev, this is caused by the decrease in demand. For example, the destinations to Dubrovnik, Toronto and Karlovy Vary will be taken off the summer flight schedule.

Savelyev also noted remarketing of the air vehicles as another anti-crisis measure. "We have postponed the supplies to some distant future, because there`s no demand yet," noted the CEO of the air company.

In 2014, the Aeroflot Group carried 34.7 mln. people, the number of passengers increased by 10.7%. In that year, the company`s pure loss amounted to $ 17.1 bln. rubles against the profit of 7.3 bln. rubles in the previous year, according to the IFRS statements.

The Group consists of "Aeroflot", "Donavia", "Rossiya", "Orenburg Airlines", "Aurora" and "Pobeda".

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