The board of directors of Russian airline group PJSC Aeroflot have approved the company’s new growth strategy for the period through to 2023.
Titled ‘100 Million Passengers by Our 100th Anniversary’ (100 by 100), the new strategy was adopted after the Group achieved the goals of its previous Strategy 2025 ahead of schedule.
In 2017, the Group carried 50.1 million passengers, putting Aeroflot in Europe’s top five and among the global 20 largest aviation groups by passenger numbers. The Group is now targeting 90-100 million passengers in 2023, when Aeroflot will celebrate its centenary.
The strategy calls for the Group’s low-cost carrier Pobeda Airlines to be a key growth driver as it said Pobeda “offers unprecedentedly low fares and extensive opportunities for passengers in all income brackets” and still has “great potential” in the Russian market, and by 2023 is expected to carry 25-30 million passengers annually.
All of the Group’s airlines will work towards achieving the new targets, Aeroflot said. Rossiya Airlines, the Group’s mid-market airline, will become the principal carrier aimed at increasing social mobility on routes between the European and Far East parts of Russia, with flat fares lower than those offered by Aeroflot airline. Aurora, the Far East regional carrier, is expected to double its operations by 2023.
The second goal is to increase international transit traffic from five million passengers in 2017 to 10-15 million in 2023. Aeroflot it said has “indisputable competitive advantages” in the Europe-Asia transit segment – as it offers flights up to three hours shorter than peers on these routes and has the lowest costs.
The third goal is to open regional hubs across Russia by 2023. The Group aims to create three regional hubs in Sochi, Ekaterinburg and Novosibirsk, as well as one international hub in Krasnoyarsk. The Group plans to almost triple regional traffic from seven million passengers in 2017 to 19 million passengers in 2023.
Aeroflot Group will also make a significant contribution to the implementation of President Vladimir Putin’s decrees to expand the network of scheduled inter-regional passenger routes, so that by 2024 – 50 per cent of total scheduled domestic flights bypass Moscow.
The fourth goal is to increase the share of Russian-built aircraft in the Group’s fleet. Taking into account all contracts – both those already completed and those signed – the Group expects to operate 200 SSJ-100 and MC-21 aircraft by 2026.
Aeroflot Group will work with United Aircraft Corporation to ensure that all Russian-built aircraft meet the highest international standards. To achieve its target passenger traffic, the Group will have to operate a total of approximately 520 aircraft.
The fifth goal is to increase the level of digitalisation across Aeroflot Group in order to maximise operational efficiency.
The Aeroflot Group said all these plans will allow it to reach “new levels of operational efficiency and achieve strong financial results”.